Obama approves federal disaster declaration

President Barack Obama has issued a federal disaster declaration for Carroll, Cobb, Paulding, Douglas and Cherokee counties in the wake of this week’s devastating floods, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office has announced.

Perdue had asked Obama to declare an emergency in 17 Georgia counties and the governor said the request covering the other counties is still pending.

“The recovery is just now beginning,” Perdue said in a statement. “We have a great deal of work to do and I appreciate President Obama’s approval of the disaster declaration. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.”

The five counties in the declaration suffered some of the most devastating losses in the floods that killed nine people and cost more than $250 million in estimated damages.

Perdue made his initial request for a presidential declaration of an emergency on Tuesday and some local officials are beginning to question the delay in approval. Cobb County Commission chairman Sam Olens, a Republican candidate for attorney general, said earlier Thursday that he isn’t sure Washington understands the extent of the damage in Georgia.

“It’s fair to say that we’re very frustrated,” Olens told Jim Galloway, for the AJC’s Political Insider blog. “The storm started Sunday, with the real wrath Monday, and we frankly were thinking the presidential order would be signed Tuesday night,” Olens said. “Yesterday we were told that Cobb County had sufficient damage to merit the declaration – but the bureaucratic process seems to take too much time, while people are hurting.”

Olens said Vice President Joe Biden could visit the area on Friday. After Perdue’s announcement Thursday, Olens said in an e-mail that the disaster declaration frees up assistance for individuals, but does not include public assistance money for infrastructure repairs.

Residents and business owners in the four counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at FEMA’s Web site or by calling 1-800-621 FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7575 (TYY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

The declaration for the five counties will make individual assistance available for residents.

121 comments Add your comment

Janice

September 24th, 2009
1:47 pm

Enter your comments here

it’s about time….Guess UN was too important.

Ted

September 24th, 2009
1:48 pm

Let the fraud begin!

CJ

September 24th, 2009
1:50 pm

Cynical from the start… Let’s just get these people back in their homes and the infrastructure repaired. That’s what is important at this time!

Duhh

September 24th, 2009
1:52 pm

Cynical maybe. Probably true.

Jamesr1991

September 24th, 2009
1:54 pm

Ol’ Sam may need to issue an apology to the folks of Cobb for getting their dander up while trying to make political hay. Do us a favor Sam…shut up and get to work.

Shawn W

September 24th, 2009
1:55 pm

That is great it should help out a lot especially with this cash strapped state and cities government.

THE WHOLE IDEA

September 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Sam Olens, a Republican candidate for attorney general, said earlier Thursday that he isn’t sure Washington understands the extent of the damage in Georgia.

this is some political bs here; anybody can see the damage, but what you cannot understand is that everything is a PROCESS. Americans want everything done INSTANTLY and if and when you can’t then you are dumb or something.l the only dumb ones are those who think that they can want and wish for something and it happens.

Every man thinks their load is the heavies . . .

tom

September 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Cobb, Douglas, Paulding, Cherokee – the epicenter of extremist right wing republicanism. I bet these people were complaining about bailouts, etc. the day before the flood. Now they have their hands out.

No Fulton?

September 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Seems weird that Fulton didn’t get anything. I know they got it bad too (i.e. Northside Drive, etc.)

rid0617

September 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

Where’s my FEMA card? Sure can tell the make up of Cobb and Douglas County made a difference.

Mike B

September 24th, 2009
1:58 pm

NO GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE!!!!!!

RY

September 24th, 2009
1:59 pm

Why did it take 3 days to do this?

THE WHOLE IDEA

September 24th, 2009
2:01 pm

heaviest . . .

try being kind and civil to neighbor, lend a helping hand, come out of your own pantries and closets, until help can come. katrina victims waited how long?

lets quit the politrix and get back to caring about and caring for people.

Neighbors, pitch in until help comes and that will go a long way and leave politics out of people’s suffering. Inciting folk by is not going to help those in need, that’s for sure. The people’s need for help is real. Do the American thing and pitch in, until help comes along.

SB

September 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

Thanks President Obama for clearing the way for assistance to the flood victims. It’s amazing how the Repubs have been blasting the Dems and President Obama for federal spending and for BIG government, but when times like this comes, who do they run to first? You got it, the federal government asking for help! Geez! Talk about being hypocritical!

THE WHOLE IDEA

September 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

one more thing . . . is this the same party that wants to keep government out of the lives of ordinary citizens????

some katrina victims are still waiting . . .

emack06

September 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

you rethugs are just sickening. You idiots keep your mouth close when the healthcare bill pass. And Olens is full of crap. Pres. Obama and his adminstation acted in a timely manner, but where is Perdue in all of this? Where is the state assistances for flood victims? I pay state taxes too. I want to see my money being put to good use.

The Snark

September 24th, 2009
2:03 pm

The Snark lives in Fulton County. We didn’t get hit nearly as hard as our neighbors in Cobb and Douglas.

Scott

September 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Sam, we do not need to start the politics now, let us provide help for those in need. This is not time to enhance your political ambition.

ken

September 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

I am just shocked that they want a government handout (not the victims of the flood, they really need it). It must kill the Republicans to have to take money from the Government, isn’t that “Socialism”..I am donating some clothes and money to the victims as well. We should all help these people out.

Tea Partier

September 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

Say NO to social welfare! This is Obama trying to push his socialist agenda! You’re falling right into his plan for a communist state! Let the free market clean up the flood damage and destruction!

You're morons

September 24th, 2009
2:06 pm

You people always have to find something to complain about, don’t you? People lost everything they own and need to rebuild their lives, and you want to make it a political debate!!! You people SUCK.

THE WHOLE IDEA

September 24th, 2009
2:07 pm

Americans need to stop picking or trying to pick fights with this administration and stand behind your president to get this nation moving forward again. We are losing precious time and losing ground with all the bickering because of who is in the white house and it’s getting tired. Many more challenges are waiting for us, and we an asccomplish more by pulling together, than by picking fights because we don’t like who is in office.

Obama didn’t steal the election; he won fair and square. You don’t have to agree, but to me, if you don’t have solutions, then you are part of the problem.

let this administration govern, for goodness sakes. in 4 years, vote him out, but in the meantime, can we all pull together as AMERICANS???

Abu

September 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

Lets see Gov Perdue wanted to turn down the Gov stimulus Ga Rep Gingrey called Obama a socialist and GA rep Tom Price does not want any federal money. Oh and the Tea baggers are so concern Pres Obama is spending all their grand children s money along with carrying pictures of Pres Obama as Nazi .. Now you good for nothing Confederates in Cobb county want to suck off the federal tits and get that money ..What happen to the 10th amendment folks.. If you had any principles you would do it the confederate way..starve or pull yourself by your own boot straps and stop depending on Obamas fed govt to save you… YOU LIE …COWARDS !!!

Facts Please

September 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

Tom its not a handout, they are loans and they need to be repaid. You have no right to judge someone who is hard working and has just lost everything they own to flood in a area that has never flooded ever. I feel sorry for you, I really do.

Tea Partier

September 24th, 2009
2:09 pm

@THE WHOLE IDEA: Unfortunately, your pragmatic and reasonable line of thinking is not welcome anywhere in our two party system.

Jane

September 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

At least Obama acted faster than Bush post-Katrina.

cjohns

September 24th, 2009
2:11 pm

It is great that the president responded so quickly, let’s not forget how long it took for anyone to response to the nightmare that Louisana residence had to endure. Instead of Mr. Olson trying to place blame he should indeed consider it a blessing that the declaration was signed in a timely manner, we are talking about maybe a day or two. again lets not forget how long it took to responded to the victim of Katrina.

Be thankful and start pulling together, and that is when it will make a difference in the nation.

D.O.T

September 24th, 2009
2:11 pm

Enter your comments here

Olens should get over himself.
The Governor asked on Tuesday. THE PRESIDENT made a decision on Wednesday. We found out on Thursday. Grow up!

Mei

September 24th, 2009
2:14 pm

The request by the Governor for emergency federal assistance must have certain financial assumptions (not just some ballpark estimate, would your insurance company hand you a blank check without any basis) and that amount must fall within a certain established range. Once that information is submitted and verified then the feds approve it. If the necessary specifics aren’t submitted, the feds can’t act on it. Sam Olens knows the process. More importantly Gov. Perdue knows the process. If there were the slightest delay or lack of understanding of the extent of damage, I’m sure Sonny would be more than happy to publicly say so… but he didn’t, because everything moved as it should have.

If Olens cares so deeply for our county, then why is he trying to create additional problems born out of his imagination just to gain a few suspect political points? Is there nothing that some politicians won’t prostitute for personal gain?

Really, Sam?

emack06

September 24th, 2009
2:15 pm

AJC…I would like to see an article on how we can help our fellow neighbor…not this political divisiveness. I would hope you rethugs would pull your heads out of a.. and stop the political bickering and do whats morally right.

emack06

September 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Mr. Sam Olens, you just ensured that I will vote for the other guy.

Wayne Hood

September 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Enter your comments here Yep, no government interference, keep those Federal dollars out of MY neighborhood, I ‘ll repair my own damn house with my own money, and yes I agree with Sam, 48 hours for a response from the White House was way too long!

gb1205

September 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Gimme my 2,000 FEMA card…like Kanye said about Bush…O’Bama doesn’t care about white people! If it were S. Fulton they’d be water trucks there last night.

John

September 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Gwinnett County is the epicenter of conservatism…and it isn’t on the list. Breaking the affected area by Congressional district, however, we find that the declaration covers four districts: 5, 6, 8, and 11 — Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican, respectively.

But to be clear, I am unaware of any Republican who ever pronounced opposition to FEMA and SBA loans in the case of natural disaster.

Christopher Raissi

September 24th, 2009
2:19 pm

The person calling out Sam Olens is being silly. Olens was doing his job right when he asked why the federal government is sitting on its hands while Cobb County, already dealing with some bad flooding itself, is having to deal with assistance to neighboring counties.

After all, this is the type of delay that had people questioning after Katrina whether George Bush cared about black people. I’m starting to wonder if Barack Obama cares about the poor rural white folks from Georgia who didn’t vote for him.

I would like to remind other readers that there is a difference between government spending for disaster relief, and government spending on subsidies for things like new cars, health care, and poverty. Though if you think that government subsidies for new cars is the same thing as disaster relief, no wonder you’re a Democrat. You’re completely unaware of the concept of enumerated powers and the appropriate role of government. You think the government exists to do everything.

Shaneneeee Faneneeeeeee

September 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

“To achieve health care reform we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making the arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.” – Barack Obama. You Lie Mr. President!! Another one of my favorites is “During 2009 and 2010, existing buisnesses will receive a $3,000 refundable tax credit for each additional full-time employee hired.” – Barack Obama. Another broken campaign promise. My good friends grandfather likes the one where Mr. Obama promised to allow penalty-free hardship withdrawls of 15% up to $10,000 from retirement accounts, but he seemed to forget this one after he was elected too. Change, change we can believe in.

Betty Koester

September 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

Thanks to tom, SB an The Whole Idea. You cant have it both ways. Either govt helps …. and costs $ …. or it doesnt help !!!
Mama

JM

September 24th, 2009
2:22 pm

So what about the other counties?? In particular I know parts of Gwinnett were hit particularly hard. Also, what about Fulton? Wasn’t some of the damage out towards Six Flags in Fulton County??

HideyHo

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

Too bad Fulton’s EOC wasn’t activated until late into the game. Might have had a good assessment up to FEMA by now and a PA and IA declaration.

Mei

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

Oh, and Tea Partiers…

bully for you and your free speech. But there is a line people. Do you not understand the permanence of death? There are NINE people that are gone as a result of this flood. That’s nine human beings who will NEVER hug a loved one on this earth again! In a few months they will be cold and decayed.

Do you actually think the loved ones of these unfortunate souls give a crap about your manufactured socialist/communist hysteria? Try behaving as if you have a soul and show some decorum this time around. Obama didn’t bring the floods, GOD DID. Is God a socialist now?

Didn’t think so… volunteer or something, you’ll feel better.

Yes, Facts Please

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

Facts Please, Not all of the assistance is in the form of loans. For folks without insurance, the money is most certainly a “handout.”

A Georgia Peach

September 24th, 2009
2:23 pm

Enter your comments here

GlendaEMT

September 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

The governor asked for federal aid for 17 counties, why have only 4 been approved so far? What about Carroll County? We had flooding so bad that a 2 year old lost his life when the trailer he lived in was swept downstream.

JM

September 24th, 2009
2:24 pm

Jane

September 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

At least Obama acted faster than Bush post-Katrina.

True.

You

September 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

I totally 2nd Mei!

JM

September 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

How much damage did Cherokee receive? I never heard that much about them. Is it possible they meant Carroll instead of Cherokee? From what I saw and heard on tv, radio, etc … Carroll County got hit really hard. This is the first I’ve heard about Cherokee county sustaining any serious damage.

A Georgia Peach

September 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

From the perspective of one that lives practically on top of Sweetwater Creek, I can only attest to the devastation that was done to our subdivision in Douglas county. I cried at the sight of the damage done to many of my neighbors’ homes and couldn’t understand why we were left unscathed. My next-door neighbor’s first floor was under water and the only thing that separates our homes is the creek, itself. As for those with their hands out, looking to our President for assistance, many of these same people didn’t even want this man in office and are now preaching and teaching that he should be put to death. Go figure.

Tea Partier

September 24th, 2009
2:30 pm

@Mei: Pray for the ability to recognize obvious satire – at least I thought it was obvious when I wrote it. To be fair, a true right wing tea partier probably would be ridiculous enough to write such a thing.

WTF

September 24th, 2009
2:31 pm

Four days late and and millions of dollars short. No help for Fulton, Gwinnett or DeKalb. Send your flunkie, Biden. Shame on you, Obama! You sure can make time for appearing on Letterman and to visit Unions to promote your healthcare deform. Give me a ******* break!

dizzel

September 24th, 2009
2:33 pm

Obama hates white people! And the local government has acted poorly. No warnings about the water were posted. Only one fire station is handing out water. This country does need a change.

Joe

September 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

It took perdue 2 days to ask for it but noone questions that???

Oh Please!

September 24th, 2009
2:36 pm

Perdue didn’t make his initial request for a presidential declaration of an emergency until Tuesday. Approval was granted today. What more do you want? I know, President Obama should have granted the approval before the Govenor made up his mind to ask for assistance.

Just admit it. Too many people, including Sam Olens, jumped the gun on this complaint.

ssmith

September 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

No $$ for Republican Gwinnett? Is this politics as usual by the Savior?

CM

September 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

You just have to make it political….here are people suffering and all you can do is bash everyone. Here’s an idea. Go roll up your sleeves and get to work. Get a good look at this up close and personal. See for yourself how the suffering is instead of just running your mouth. Think about those who died, babies are left without a mother or father. Put yourself in their shoes. I think there are more important things right now than what party your for.

Joe

September 24th, 2009
2:41 pm

100% correct Oh Please! It took the same amount of time for the request to be made that it did for it to be processed. Its just the same ole people that look for ways to show their racists beliefs without having the guts to say that they are racist!

Facts

September 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

Comment to tom, get your facts straight. The majority in Douglas County voted for Obama. Any more nasty comments?

WTF-YDA

September 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Stop it with the race card already. A whole lot of people were affected by the flooding. The storm didn’t discriminate and ask if you were black, white, blue, green, or purple before it dumped on you. Mother nature is color blind. If you can’t contribute to a blog without throwing around your feeble excuse, then STFU.

AH

September 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Barack Obama doesn’t care about Atlanta

Aaron Gould Sheinin

September 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

JM — there is some confusion out there about whether it’s Cherokee or Carroll: http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2009/09/24/cherokee-or-carroll-confusion-on-disaster-declaration/

Aaron Gould Sheinin

September 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

Glenda, there is confusion about Cherokee/Carroll. (Full disclosure: I grew up in Carrollton). See here: http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2009/09/24/cherokee-or-carroll-confusion-on-disaster-declaration/

Why???

September 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

Dizzel ~ Why are you saying President Obama doesn’t like white people? Are you serious? Do you think he came to the area and reviewed demographics before making a decision. WOW! I do agree that the local government could have managed the situation differently. Wouldn’t say poorly just differently.

Marcus

September 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Yes the AJC got it wrong…..its Carroll County…checkk Cnn website http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/

Ms T

September 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

WHERE OR WHERE IS PRESIDENT OBAMA I KNOW ITS NOT IN GWINNETT COUNTY.. WHAT DID KANYE SAY BUSH DOESNT CARE BOUT BLACK PEOPLE WELL IM BLACK LIVING IN GWINNETT COUNTY WITH HOME DAMAGE AND MY COUNTY IS PENDING HA WHAT A JOKE I WISH I COULD GO BACK AND TAKE THAT 2 HOURS OF MY LIFE I STOOD OUTSIDE WAITING TO VOTE FOR HIM AND PUT IT IN THE FLOOD WATER IN MY BASEMENT

Why???

September 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

The other counties are pending review before federal relief will be provided to them. FEMA is out reviewing damage. They will provide their analysis to the White House for a final determination. Therefore, Fulton and other counties my get assistance. It is a process. Please educate yourself before throwing our Governor and leaders under the bus.

Sandy Springs 6 Pack

September 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

Why wasn’t the Federal Government sending buses to evacuate these people? He probably had to work out and attend a Jonas Brothers concert. When is our President going to admit he just doesn’t care about the pale folk in Cobb County?

Why???

September 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

The other counties are pending review before federal relief will be provided to them. FEMA is out reviewing damage. They will provide their analysis to the White House for a final determination. Therefore, Fulton and other counties my get assistance. It is a process. Please educate yourself before throwing our President, Governor and leaders under the bus.

j

September 24th, 2009
2:56 pm

what happened to all the free market proponents? can’t you folks in GA handle a little bit of water on your own?

GD. Who needs the government (socialism) when the free market has all the answers? The insurance companies will take care of everything screw Obama and his socialism.

Hello, I would like to report a claim.

What type of claim?

Flood

Sir you don’t have flood insurance.

What do you mean I don’t have flood insurance?

What were the premiums that I have been paying for?

Sir if you do not calm down I will have to terminate this call, your policy does not include flood insurance.

Don’t tell me to calm down, screw you.

click!!!

Looking4aHandoutFree

September 24th, 2009
3:00 pm

I don’t care about the process – just give me my free FEMA money!

Katrina

September 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

Just a matter of time before someone mentioned Bush. Really, I don’t think that it took Obama too long to respond. However, why send Joe Biden?? Who really cares what he thinks?? Now, if people wanted to be “fair” who blames Obama for this flood? Of course, many folks wanted to blame Bush for Katrina. And by the way, the federal government did respond to Katrina, but to say that Obama acted more quickly is crazy. Unless you people forget, Katrina was more than New Orleans, and the scale of that disaster was many times greater than what happened in GA. And the federal government is still paying (which is us by the way) for Katrina. The difference is that most of those who have suffered losses from this current round of flooding did not start looking for someone to blame nor do they expect the federal government to step in and make everything all right.

thatdeal

September 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

You guys do realize that Perdue didn’t ask for government assistance until Tuesday and the order was granted Thursday morning? The Federal government can’t step in with the funds until an order is filed. If you want to blame someone, Blame Perdue. Besides, Republicans hate big government anyways. Why would they want those government dollars down here? Could it be because you’re hypocrites. Bash the government until you want something and then they can’t move fast enough lol. Comic relief.

wRENN

September 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

Six Flags is in Cobb County YOU MORON…and if I’m not mistaken President Obama acted faster than said former President Bush acted on Hurricane Katrina aide…Louisiana still has mass destruction that has yet to be fixed, cleaned, repaired etc…so get a life

Seriously

September 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

I am from NORTH DAKOTA and I say let the free market and the good people at the insurance company help you out. NO SOCIALISM FASCISM COMMUINISM AND ALL THE OTHER ISMS

AreYouSerious

September 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

You all are so STUPID!!!! President Obama’s mother was white and his WHITE grandparents raised him, so how can you intelligently claim that he hates white people. That’s basically saying that he hates himself. ONLY IN GEORGIA ARE THE PEOPLE STILL IGNORANT!!!! Why don’t you focus on your neighbors who lost everything to the flood, and help them instead of turning everything into racist bullshi@#.

You are all idiots

September 24th, 2009
3:22 pm

IT would be stupid to rebuild NOLA like it was because it is still vulnerable to major hurricanes. Just my two cents.

Oh, and you are ALL idiots.

w00t

September 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

To Seriously:

When did the Government get of of the business “provid[ing]for… the general welfare of the United States”?

blah

September 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

i don’t think it’s fair to say the President should have sign on tuesday. cobb schools were not even out monday and that was one of the hardest hit areas. obviously, these things take time. people bad mouth the President when he’s trying to help the state. it’s a process, he can’t snap his fingers and get things done.

Nirwen

September 24th, 2009
3:27 pm

True that we didn’t have the extent of flooding that New Orleans had after Katrina, but at least they had some warning! The people who were stranded on rooftops after the flooding started were the ones who stayed (whether through their own decision or inability to leave) after the evacuation order was issued. We didn’t even really get a warning that the flooding that occurred could happen. New Orleans is 10 feet below sea level in some cases. It’s going to flood periodically. Period. Some of the areas in Atlanta that flooded were on 500 year flood plains. You shouldn’t compare the two – totally different scenarios.

BL

September 24th, 2009
3:28 pm

I am thankful to our President for clearing the way for assistance. Looking forward to other counties being able to access federal assistance.

For those who want to help Atlanta flood victims: http://www.hopeatl.com/

Ms T

September 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

well gwinnett county had the first fatality school closed the first day i seen a road collapse as a small creek became a raging river in front of my eyes no we didnt have the damage that katrina had but the places that were hit bad ( gwinnett county ) did have fatalitys did have damages do have flooded basements and even bush was in louisiana the 2nd day he did come why does biden have to come check out 4 counties when we are still stuck in parts of gwinnett county cant even get out our subdivisions.. im not being racist im black but i think all this could have been handled better the president knew this disaster happened Monday all im saying is why wasnt fema sent out immediately but he cares about kanye west insulting taylor swift he cares about the cop who arrested the harvard proffessor but he cant comment or even pretend like he likes THE GWINNETT COUNTY RESIDENTS that suffers from this horrible path of destruction that hit us Sunday night Monday Morning .. we dont deserve this as tax paying citizens

Bob

September 24th, 2009
3:38 pm

First, I want to say I truely feel sorry for all the people that have lost everything they have in the flood. I can tell you that FEMA is painfully slow at providing help to the people that need it the most. My personal experience with FEMA is our bridge that is the only way in or out of our subdivision located in Wetumpka, Alabama was washed away by a flash flood on May 7, 2009. Today is September 24, 2009 AND WE STILL DON’T HAVE A BRIDGE !! FEMA keeps giving us the run around.

GeorgiaChick

September 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Please stop comparing yourselves to New Orleans. While the devastation is plentiful, New Orleans has 250,000 homes inundated with water and 80% of the city submerged. My heart goes out to the victims, may you get the compensation and help that you deserve.

Noneya

September 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

The federal assistance should be for EVERYONE who had flood damage and no flood insurance or NO ONE. This is why our government is broken – this special group here gets federal tax dollars – but not a similarly situated group right next to them. Really, the entire federal government is bankrupt and no one is dealing with that fact at all. But if we are going to continue to increase our massive federal debt with disaster area spending, then help EVERYONE who had flood damage. I’m sure people who had flood coverage will still be out a lot of money. Shouldn’t they get a bailout too while we are whipping out the great American credit card?

woodie

September 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

I’m glad people will be able to fix their damaged houses. I’m not so sure about helping people in flood zones who don’t have flood insurance. I think flood insurance should be mandatory for people with homes in flood zones.

Conservative Connie

September 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

The government needs to get out of this matter and stay out of it! The conservatives can handle this. We will get this taken care of Pronto!

GeorgiaChick

September 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

and lost more than 1200 lives….

GA Girl

September 24th, 2009
3:41 pm

Enter your comments here
THE REASON THAT OBAMA ACTED FASTER TO GET AID TO GEORIA IS BECAUSE OUR GOVERNOR ACTED FASTER IN ASKING FOR AID THAN THE GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANNA DID AFTER KATRINA HIT YOU MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND IT’S NOT LIKE IT WAS WITH KATRINA, LOUISIANNA KNEW THE HURRICANE WAS COMING, GEORGIA HAD NO IDEA THAT THESE COUNTIES WOULD GET OVER 12 INCHES OF RAIN IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.

GA Girl

September 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

HEY WOODIE, THESE PEOPLE WHOSE HOUSES WERE FLOODED, WERE NOT IN A NAMED FLOOD ZONE. AND IT IS A REQUIREMENT THAT YOU CARRY FLOOD INSURANCE IF YOU LIVE IN A DESIGNATED FLOOD ZONE. I’M SURE THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY IT NOW THAT THEIR HOMES/BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN FLOODED.

GeorgiaChick

September 24th, 2009
3:43 pm

what does new orleans have to do with this?! you guys are obsessed with New Orleans/Katrina. Get over it already geez… Everybody has a turn, it’s our turn now..

Jamesr1991

September 24th, 2009
4:06 pm

Counties voting for President in Metro Atlanta… Clayton, Dekalb, Douglas, Fulton, Newton
and Rockdale

ag

September 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

We need to pressure our legislatures to pass a bill next year where insurance companies include flood and natural disasters in our home owners policies. I have never heard california saying you need an additional fire insurance. THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!! JAN 1 some laws need to change.

Too sad

September 24th, 2009
4:26 pm

For the hardest hit areas on the west side of town, where are Saxby Chambliss & Johnny Isakson in all of this? They’ve yet to be heard from to offer kind words and help to their constituents. Hmm?

jenn

September 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

Ummm..Wasn’t it Perdue who claimed even he didn’t know how bad the damage was until after the fact when he flew over.

CHANGE THE LAW

September 24th, 2009
4:30 pm

(This is ag again) The floods was not a black/white or democrat/repub. It affected everybody and what we see is just the beginning. My heart pours to the all people who have lost. I don’t know about you but I need answers and action. Gov Perdue need to get the stimulus money on behalf of all Georgia citizens and repair not only HOMES, ROADS, BRIDGES, CREEKS, AND INFASTRUCTURE.

Tripp

September 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

of course i have to say one thing. Everyone complains about something in their lives, wether it’s politics, family, housing market, banking screwups, or what have you. When you live in an area where your not required to have flood insurance because your not in the danger zone and some freak accident like this happens of course your going to look at the government for help. Did you all forget the taxes you pay out of your paycheck? Where do you think that goes? It doesn’t make any sense how the people on here call other hypocrites and debate what political stance they are when a disaster like this happens. You had just better thank the good Lord above that you didn’t get effected. I was one neighborhood off from an area that people had to be rescued by boats. Stop being judgmental and have a heart for goodness sakes. Think about what you would be asking for if you lost EVERYTHING including spouses, mothers, children, fathers, grandparents, and your place to live, work, and auto to drive. Put yourself in their shoes. Some of you just make me sick. For those of you that had positive and uplifting words to say about the help these families are getting, good for you! I’m sure that means a lot to the person that has nothing.

Jeff

September 24th, 2009
4:49 pm

Have any of you been up to Northeast Georgia to see the shape that they are in as well. Toccoa and Stephens county is a mess as well but they are going on. The folks in western NC and SC are suffering as well. QUIT THE WHINING AND CRYING ABOUT WHAT YOU DID OR DIDN’T GET AND BE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE ALIVE. Nine people lost their lives this past week and that should be the real issues. We need to be down on our hands and knees praying for these families that lost loved ones. God never gives us more than we can handle so I know that everyone can get through this. Whether you like Obama or not or any other political figure doesn’t matter right no, we just need to give them our support to get us through this.

Heavenly creature

September 24th, 2009
4:51 pm

“ONLY IN GEORGIA ARE THE PEOPLE STILL IGNORANT!!!!”

No, I can assure you that there are plenty of ignorant people in Pensacola Florida as well.

CHANGE THE LAW

September 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Hey Saxby Chambliss & Johnny Isakson you were all over the TV when healthcare was the top story, trying to create a law to exclude Georgians. WHY HAVEN’T I SEEN OR HEARD FROM YOU THIS WEEK? Trying to create a law for insurance companies to include flood and natural disaters in home owners policies in the state of Georgia. This should never happen again.

Traci

September 24th, 2009
5:08 pm

Another case of the media – trying to be 1st with news.
RATHER than being RIGHT with what they report.

GOOD LORD! WHAT HAPPEND TO BEING ACCURATE! IF YOU ARE NOT FIRST WITH THE STORY – WHO CARES —- AT LEAST YOU HAD IT RIGHT WHEN YOU DID REPORT IT!

Rick

September 24th, 2009
5:11 pm

The folks in Stephens County and Toccoa jumped right in to help each other. Some of the first on the scene were the people from The Tugalo Baptist Association Disaster Relief Teams, suppling water, doing clean up and demolition all for free. The Red Cross and other groups got right to it. Why wait on Obama? We know he’s not coming to the rescue.

Traci

September 24th, 2009
5:11 pm

Yeah, where are all the politicians who like to be on TV?

I haven’t seen any of those folks – walking around consoling people who have lost everything!….but I bet come NOVEMBER — they will be trying to get you to vote for them.

WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN…..

WHERE ARE ALL OF THOSE MAYORAL CANDIDATES AT – WHEN THERE IS REAL WORK TO BE DONE?

OKdemrep

September 24th, 2009
5:22 pm

First course is for a Governor to respond and take action. I saw no preparedness from GEMA nor responsibility from Georgia Administration at all. If you need a water truck call Gov Perdue. If you need public service call your local County. It took purdue three days before he took action. Second the President will follow. Why would you call the President for a flood in your house when a cop or fireman is looking right at you. Hey COBB County got FEMA checks taking that money though. Where’s the TEA PARTY now!

Soulfinger

September 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

Wow! Some folks here are so ignorant and hateful.

crackbaby

September 24th, 2009
5:37 pm

To those affected by the rain and flooding, God bless you and I hope you get back to normal living conditions as soon as possible.

I wish you bloggers would hold your breath. For an hour or two.

Mr. Thomas Anthony Jones, Sr.

September 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

President Barack Hussein Obama will approve the additional natural Disaster Request. But everyone in New orleans wants to know why didn’t whiners help the 1600 African-Americans who drowned in New Orleans in the 2005 Katrina Floods. Hypocrite!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

September 24th, 2009
6:01 pm

Traci, I was the one that noticed the discrepancy and called both the governor’s office and the White House, prompting the White House to fix its mistake. It wasn’t a case of rushing to report it, it was that the information provided was wrong.

Demarcus

September 24th, 2009
6:04 pm

Barack Obama- one of the whitest black men in the world. “I will not sign any non-emergency bills as President without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” – Barack Obama,campaign trail. It did not take long for him to break this promise, just his first bill signed.

DTL

September 24th, 2009
6:04 pm

Enter your comments here Obama CAN’T WIN FOR LOSING. You people are afraid that a black man is going to turn things around for the good of all people. Get over it he is the president.

Jeff

September 24th, 2009
6:07 pm

Why do we have to keep comparing what happened here to what happened in New Orleans??? Plenty of the people that stayed in New Orleans had the opportunity to leave but decided to stay. Plenty more of them also looted stores to get what they wanted as well. I am not talking about water and food but TV’s, stereos, computers and who knows what else. We are Georgia not New Orleans so lets worry about what is going on here. Quit talking about it and get out there and lets try to help each other out right now.

My thoughts and prayers got out to the ones that lost a loved one. I am also praying for each family and individual who has suffered because of this disaster.

confused

September 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

Enter your comments here First, I would like to say I’m truly sorry for those of you who have lost things in the flood and hope you recieve the help you need.
What concfuses me is the different set of standards many of you seem to place on uninsured flood victims and people who get sick and can’t get health insurance. Both floods and serious illness are usually unexpected and sometimes devasting. Insurance is available for both. However many people who have already been sick can’t get individual heallth insurance, but many of you believe that they don’t buy it because “they’re irresponsible and would rather spend the money on other stuff.” so too bad, no govt. sponsored health care for you! Flood insurance is available for all to purchase. if you don’t live in the flood plain it’s a little over $300 a year for the maximum coverage (something like $250,000 i think, and you don’t have to buy the max). that’s way less than health insurance. In most floods, a great percentage of the people who end up with damage were not in a flood plain. being responsible would mean buying the insurance anyway for the majority of people. but most of you choose to spend that money on something else and then want help when you get flooded because it’s “so unexpected”. Isn’t getting sick also unexpected? Just one more FYI. Although you buy flood insurance through your agent, it is a federally sponsored program. no private companies would underwrite those policies so the govt. does. I don’t hear people complaining about that, so why the uproar over a public option to cover the uninsurable for health costs?

lakeman

September 24th, 2009
6:20 pm

Hold on there people. Anybody wonder what the Corps of Engineers were doing at Lake Lanier during the floods? They were releasing water out of Lake Lanier and into the river below. Yes! Can you believe it!?

Everyone with an interest in Lake Lanier and those affected by flooding around metro Atlanta have been asking the question: why does water continue to flow through Buford Dam despite the huge amounts of rain swelling the Chattahoochee and its creeks and tributaries downstream and the capacity of the lake to hold this precipitation?

Because of the virtual lockdown on communication with the Army Corps of Engineers in Georgia the only semblance of communication comes from the Corps’ Mobile, AL office. Area fishermen and concerned citizens that have spoken with the people at the Alabama office are in disbelief that the decisions are either influenced by or coming directly from that office when they don’t even seem to understand the severity of the rain event.

The Mobile, AL office of the Corps of Engineers first explained that the two main generators have been shut off and that a smaller units that discharges 600 cubic feet per second was operating to supply power to the Dam and some small electric companies in the area. They quickly backed off that statement and said the small generator was only powering the dam itself.

So now we know that it takes 389 million gallons of water discharged per day (600 cfs) just to power the dam itself. Corps spokespeople don’t even know if it is possible to shut off the discharge completely, which means that through the additional rains expected for this weekend the already stressed creek and tributary system downstream from the dam will likely continue to back up at the Chattahoochee

csquared

September 24th, 2009
7:02 pm

Damarcus said “Barack Obama- one of the whitest black men in the world. “I will not sign any non-emergency bills as President ” Hey MORON, reading must have been your worst subject. IT’S AN EMERGENCY, you know as in DISASTER. Maybe you’ve seen those, fires, floods, earthquake. try being less political and maybe a little better READ.

jd

September 24th, 2009
7:43 pm

Hey my Republican friends! I thought you guys were all about self reliance, anti-govt., pull yourself up by your bootstraps? What happened to that? Get out there and rebuild your homes and roads with your bare hands. Call Bush or Cheney. Maybe they’ll loan you a couple of bucks.

Hey, don’t get mad at me. I’m just throwing your rhetoric back in your face.

When other people are hurting, you Republicans don’t care. But when you hurt, oh brother, where is the govt. to take care of me (see all the Wall St. bankers as examples).

Compassion. Look up that word while you’re put on hold by your unregulated, zombie insurance company.

Sam of Georgia

September 24th, 2009
8:36 pm

After reading the above postings, I have a better understanding of why it is so easy for the Rush’s and the Sean’s of the world to have a following in this country. Many hateful and ignorant people still exist in America.

We are blessed that most of us voted for a true leader, who has both the intelligence and the compassion to lead our great country away from the ineffective policies of the past to a more hopeful future.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and assist our fellow Georgians in thier time of need.

Dan Deacon

September 24th, 2009
8:50 pm

Obama is out of touch with reality. 17 counties are affected and he only approves 4. What a travesty of justice. If it were affecting his thug cronies, he’d approved them all. He’s the epitomy of disgust and is a disgrace to our country.

President Bush did fly over the area that Katrina affected and while the administration failed to be perfect (no one could as disasterous and chaotic as that storm was), Obama doesn’t even take the interest to do a fly over to gather the information needed to assess the situation. But, he’s got time to get in a game of getup basketball…what a real low life character.

While people are homeless and have nothing but the clothes on their back he’s playing games and shows no respect by giving specific attention to their needs. Don’t worry, every one will remember. He’ll be sent home, maybe to another country next term.

DTL

September 24th, 2009
9:00 pm

Dan Deacon -You people are afraid that a black man is going to turn things around for the good of all people. Get over it he is the president. He is about the people.

idontunderstand

September 24th, 2009
9:14 pm

OMG! When will everyone STFU about President Obama and start to take care of themselves. Yes there was a major flood but we can not dwell on that forever. Let’s pick up the pieces and begin to move along with our lives. ( That is what im doing). I personally did not vote for President Obama but I think he is doing one heck of a job. Everyday this man has jabs thrown at him daily. Why didn’t he come visit GA to survey the damage? blah blah blah. GROW UP PEOPLE. If he came to GA there would be people complaining about why he is not in D.C. or something of that nature. When will we, as in Americans, stop placing blame on everyone. MAYBE then this country will turn around oncewe get of these ignorant people. I feel sad for the people that are playing the race card, that only shows how ignorant you are. When will people stop referring President Obama as “Obama”, he is the freaking president show some respect.

and to DAN DEACON what contributions are you making to help the homeless. Maybe if you stop worrying about what President Obama is doing you could focus that time else where.

I pray for this counrty and the president because this is one tough country to run when you have a bunch of ignorant low lifes running around.

REEDER

September 24th, 2009
9:46 pm

B.O. is not going to make an appearance for 9 deads, a few risen rivers/creeks & a few damaged homes. He’ll wait for the thousands that will die & the thousands of homes that will be devastated eventually in Ga like in N.O. ,because of how bad we’re behaving towards one another, before he shows up in person. Besides, who really wants to see that “socialist”/”communist” here?

glenn

September 24th, 2009
9:48 pm

They built that Norfolk Southern railyard in a wetland I wonder if that will ever be looked into???

Lanette

September 24th, 2009
9:49 pm

The President moved faster than the previous and purdue just made the request on Tuesday. You rethuglicans are pathetic.

John

September 24th, 2009
10:11 pm

Sam Olen is and Idiot… Hell people should “BUY” Flood Insurance and we wouldn’t have this problem. Hell it took the Republicans “months” to send aid to New Orleans. I guess this is Obama’s fault that fellow Georgians didn’t protect there belongings.

kappakall@yahoo.com

BHO

September 28th, 2009
12:28 pm

Thank goodness Barak is going to Denmark to lobby for Chicage getting the Olympics. That’s in the best interest of America. Forget all the other problems he has already caused us. Priorities Barak……….get it straight……Moron