Jefferson County suffers massive storm damage

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March 15, 2008

If you are in Jefferson County and you need help, call 706-547-3000.

WRENS, Ga. -- Jefferson County received massive damage during tonight's storms. The sheriff's office reports a tornado touched down, taking out all power and communication lines.

The entire north end of Jefferson County is without power, and the county has declared a state of emergency. People are asked to conserve water and stay off the roads.

Search and rescue teams are out looking for and helping folks. Some injuries have been reported, but no deaths so far.

The tornado reportedly hit Wrens at 6 o'clock. Officials say it's the worst storm damage they've ever seen; it went straight through the center of town.

Columbia County, Richmond County, the Hephzibah police, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia State Patrol are all on hand to secure the city.

A Columbia County Emergency Management 'Mobile Command Center' is in Jefferson County, assisting with the emergency response there. The mobile unit is set up at the Wrens Fire Department.

This mobile command unit will assist the county with communications and coordination. Jefferson County is reporting problems with the phone system, due to the storm damage.

If you are in Jefferson County and you need help, call 706-547-3000.

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