100s of Georgia Homeowners Begin Clean-up, Gov. Declares Disaster

May 23, 2008

Cherokee County, Georgia began cleaning up from a tornado and hailstorm that damaged hundreds of homes in the county, and Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency to allow state resources to be used in the cleanup.

State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine estimated damage from the May 20 storm at more than $5 million. Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said there was widespread damage, including numerous mobile homes struck by falling trees.

No serious injuries were reported. Perdue said the Georgia Emergency Management Agency would work with federal and local officials in the cleanup effort.

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