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Ga. losses from March 26 storms reach $75 million; Congress members call for assistance

Storm damage from severe storms in Georgia
Storm damage from severe storms in Georgia
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:01 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 4:47 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - The March 26 storms in Coweta County and across south Atlanta resulted in more than 4,000 individual home and auto claims and more than $75 million in total losses, according to data.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced the findings today, although they’re expected to grow because they don’t include commercial losses. The CSRA got through the storms with hardly a scratch, although local residents were bracing for the worst.

King warned affected residents to watch out for potential scams.

“Unfortunately, natural disasters like these recent storms always attract bad actors willing to take advantage of the most vulnerable,” King said.

Senators see the damage

After surveying the storm damage, Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson recently penned a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden asking the administration to issue a major disaster declaration as a result of the severe storm that damaged homes, schools and businesses across eight Georgia counties, including in the Newnan area.

The lawmakers’ letter follows the state’s request to the administration for a major disaster declaration for the impacted counties.

A major disaster declaration and subsequent federal funding, would help residents in Coweta County and across the affected area to recover and rebuild their communities, including the more than 200 households that suffered significant damage or were completely destroyed.

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