Walton County was spared most of the wrath of Hurricane Michael as it blew through the local area overnight Wednesday. While being prepared for the worst, officials were happy to report that Walton County fared pretty well. Capt. Jeff Allen, with Walton County Fire Rescue, said there were a couple of calls for trees and power lines that fell throughout the night, “but nothing at all like what South Georgia is dealing with.”
As the cleanup begins in the areas of South Georgia and Florida that were hit the hardest, some locals were already on the road Thursday to offer services in the areas that need the help. President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in 108 of Georgia counties including neighboring Morgan and Oconee counties and Gov. Nathan Deal mobilized 1,500 guardsmen on Oct. 10, including 64 from the 178th Military Police Company out of Monroe, Ga. The guardsmen left the base around noon Thursday headed for Decatur to await instructions on how and to where they would be deployed to assist in Hurricane Michael relief efforts.
Walton EMC also sent local linesman down to assist with power restoration at Colquitt EMC in Moultrie. This crew was activated from Monroe, Ga.