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Disaster Relief helps after Augusta ice storm


Dwayne Boudreaux/Augusta Baptist Association

Members of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief clean up in Augusta following the winter storm there last month. Numerous power outages and felled trees were credited to nearly an inch of ice that fell in the area.

AUGUSTA — Disaster Relief teams should be finishing up their stay in Augusta following a historic ice storm to the area, according to GBC director Stuart Lang.

On Feb. 19 Lang said Feeding Unit 2F; Cleanup and Recovery units 4R, 16R, 30R, and 12R; Shower units 27 and 28; and Support Unit 20R had joined chaplains and communicator specialists on site. Those Georgia Baptist teams were set to help locals after a storm the week prior left up to an inch of freezing rain and ice and numerous felled trees resulting in more than 60,000 homes without power.

“There was very little damage to homes, with most of the cleanup effort consisting of debris,” said Lang. Nearly 200 work orders had been logged in for the 47 Disaster Relief workers. The number of requests jumped substantially after a local TV news station reported on the teams and interviewed Lang.

The Augusta Baptist Association building served as the staging area for Disaster Relief, with Day Spring Baptist Church in Augusta opening its doors as a lodging area for volunteers.