Relief Agencies Aid Flood Victims in Georgia

Christian relief groups are working with local partners and government officials to feed victims of Atlanta's devastating floods and to assemble volunteer teams to help with recovery efforts.

Operation Blessing International reported Wednesday that it deployed teams earlier in the week to provide immediate strategic relief, such as emergency food distributions and daily hot meals from its mobile kitchen, to flood victims in the Atlanta area.

Efforts are also underway to identify the hardest hit communities in need of cleanup and recovery effort, OBI noted.

Likewise, the disaster relief arm of the Southern Baptist Convention reported that one of its feeding units has been deployed to Summerville, Ga., about two hours northwest of Atlanta.

Assessment teams and recovery units are working in Summerville and other cities in the greater Atlanta metropolitan, including in Douglasville and Toccoa, as the water recedes.

Earlier this week, historic high rainfall of nearly 22 inches shut down major highways and bridges and caused an estimated $250 million in losses. The floods also killed 10 people and forced hundreds of people to move into shelters. Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.

Though the rain has subsided in Georgia, meteorologists say it may be possible to see more rain this weekend, but not as much as earlier in the week.

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