Ossoff, Warnock survey Idalia’s damage in Valdosta

U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock on Sunday surveyed damage from Hurricane Idalia and met with local leaders in Valdosta.
Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 1:03 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock on Sunday surveyed damage from Hurricane Idalia and met with local leaders in Valdosta.

“We are here with you for a long haul. We will stay in touch with the White House and all of our partners to get the federal resources that this region needs and deserves,” Warnock said.

Ossoff said: “That means supporting the immediate clean-up and recovery efforts. Also, the long-term rebuilding that will be necessary for the business and agricultural communities.”

The senators were joined by Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson and met with local leaders, including Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter, state Reps. John LaHood, Chas Cannon and Dexter Sharper, and Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan, among others.

The senators also helped distribute supplies at the Red Cross Resource Site in the Valdosta Cinema parking lot.

On Thursday, the senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to deploy federal disaster assistance as soon as Gov. Brian Kemp requested a federal disaster declaration.