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ARC hits the ground running following Troup tornado

By Melanie Ruberti mruberti@civitasmedia.com

May 1, 2014

Workers and volunteers with the American Red Cross didn’t waste any time after a tornado tore through parts of Troup County Monday night.


According to the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross, disaster assessment volunteers followed the path of destruction and were on hand to bring snacks and give emotional support to residents whose properties were damaged by the storm.


“We are heartbroken to hear how many lives were lost as the storm made its way to Georgia, but we feel fortunate that no lives were lost and that the property damage wasn’t extensive,” said Jessica McFadden, disaster program manager with the Georgia Three Rivers Chapter.


According to the National Weather Service, an EF-2 tornado, packing winds from 113 miles per hour up to 157 mph, touched down around 7 p.m. Monday off Route 27 above West Point Lake into southern Heard County. No one was hurt, but up to six homes suffered minor damage. Hundreds of trees were either snapped in half or totally uprooted from the ground.


For more information on how to prepare for emergencies or to become a disaster volunteer, visit www.GA3RiversRedCross.org.