Cleanup is underway in south Georgia after a pummeling blow by Hurricane Idalia knocked trees onto homes and downed powerlines, leaving thousands without electricity in the summer heat.
A chainsaw crew from Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief spent Friday (Sept. 1) removing a fallen tree from the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building at Valdosta State University. Others prepared meals for storm victims.
Disaster Relief volunteer Chris Fuller said the city had removed most of the fallen trees from Valdosta’s main thoroughfares by Friday afternoon.
‘Every intersection is an adventure’
“The problem is there is no electricity, so no functioning traffic lights,” he said. “Every intersection is an adventure.”
Dwain Carter, Disaster Relief director, said the deployment includes mobile kitchen crews, heavy equipment operators, chainsaw teams, chaplains, family care volunteers, mobile laundromats and shower units.
Their work, which is done free of charge, is being concentrated in a five-county area around Valdosta where most of the Georgia damage occurred.
Idalia made landfall about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in Florida as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. It had moved east across Georgia had crossed out of the state by 9 p.m.
Fuller, part of a Disaster Relief chainsaw crew, predicted cleanup will be long and arduous.
“It’s a mess,” he said.