Locals head out to help hurricane victims down south

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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.”

Deployment in support of Hurricane Michael relief efforts. Photo credit: 178th Military Police Company, Georgia National Guard, Monroe, Ga. Facebook page

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.

Linesmen from Walton EMC, Monroe, Ga. headed to Moultrie to assist with power restoration in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Photo Credit: Walton EMC Facebook page.
Hurricane Michael came ashore in the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, just a couple of mph shy of being classified as a Category 5. It was the strongest storm ever to hit that region and classified as one of the strongest ever to strike the U.S. since data began being collected in 1851.

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