Update 4:08 p.m.: OK, confusion cleared. They were both right. The White House now says that Cherokee AND Carroll were included in the disaster declaration. That makes five counties instead of four.
Is Cherokee or Carroll county a disaster area?
Carroll, along with Douglas, Cobb and Paulding, have appeared to have suffered the most damage in this week’s floods. But when Gov. Sonny Perdue announced on Thursday that President Barack Obama has declared a federal disaster in four Georgia counties, it was Cherokee and not Carroll listed with the other three.
But, then the White House issued a press release saying that Carroll was on the disaster list, not Cherokee. Compounding the confusion, however, Perdue communications director Bert Brantley told the AJC moments ago that the official document the governor received from the White House says Cherokee.
A White House spokeswoman is checking on the discrepancy, and Brantley said the governor’s office and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is working with federal officials to try and straighten out the problem.