Residents urged to stay home while emergency response to extensive storm damage is underway

One of the grand old trees lining Hill Street in downtown Griffin was toppled in the Thursday afternoon storm. Photo credit: Berlin Sylvestre

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor is urging residents to stay home to enable emergency personnel to respond to the most immediate storm-related needs and prevent further injuries and damage.

“Stay home! They’re getting out and we can’t get anywhere because they’re in the way. So, if they will stay home that will be a huge help,” she said. “We’ve had several people trapped because they’re driving through in the cars and trees have fallen over, so we’re still working on extricating people from cars and homes and businesses, so if they will stay home, that will be awesome.”

O’Connor said officials are working towards releasing additional information as soon as possible.

“We have actually activated the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of City Hall, so we are down here now trying to coordinate the information that we each have from the departments, and we’ll be getting out as much information as we can in the next few minutes,” she said. “But we’re coordinating all that now. It’s so bad that you can’t get out into it to figure it out yet, so we’re having to work our way from where everybody was and then work their ways out.”

Again, officials are strongly urging everyone to stay home to allow emergency workers to respond to the areas of greatest need.

The GRIP is following this developing situation and will report additional information as it becomes available.

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