Georgia City in Desperate Need of Volunteers to Help with Tree Removal Following Hurricane Michael
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Though Florida's Panhandle bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael's wrath last week, the monster storm still packed powerful winds well over 100 mph when it roared into Southern Georgia on Wednesday evening.
The impoverished city of Albany was especially hard-hit. The Washington Post reports that countless live oaks and pines where downed, damaging hundreds of homes. Bumper crops of pecans and cotton were devasted and more than half the city remains without power.
It's the third time in the past two years that Albany has been walloped by Mother Nature—a tornado left five people dead in January 2017, and Hurricane Irma struck just eight months later.
A tree that fell during the 2017 tornado still lies in resident Yolander Shazer's backyard. "We didn't have time to recover from the last storm," she told the Post.
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Now, in the aftermath of Michael, the situation in Albany is dire.
Disaster relief officials are looking for volunteers to help dig out, in particular, experienced tree cutters and people to man chainsaw gangs. Because the nearest working station—in a county over—has been plagued with long lines, they're also in desperate need of gasoline to run chainsaws.
Samaritan's Purse, a humanitarian aid organization, has teamed up with a Sherwood Baptist Church to provide the city with much-needed aid. Those available to volunteer can sign up at SPVolunteer.org. Monetary donations can also be made to the Sherwood Baptist Church's "Albany Storm Relief" online fund here.