Donalsonville program launches to push hurricane recovery
Last October Hurricane Michael ripped through Seminole County and many of the roofs there. One year later blue tarps still plague the county.
“It was just like a war zone. All types of electrical wires were down, poles were down, houses were torn up," says Donalsonville city council member Lindsay Register Sr. "Some houses were so destroyed that they totally demolished them. It was something like I’ve never seen before -- even at my age.”
While a lot of work has been done, more than 100 homes still have blue tarps.
“You can't drive maybe a hundred feet without seeing a blue tarp right now," says Nate Lehman with the Seminole Donalsonville Long Term Recovery Group. "Many of the people we're serving, they did not have insurance or what insurance they had they didn't have enough,”
The recovery group is working to make that number zero with its blue tarp project.
“We try and assist people in getting new roofs on their houses. Our goal is to remove every blue tarp from Seminole County and our community,” says Lehman.
Contributions from community members are helping make it happen.
“We are funded straight through donations and a roof roughly costs anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 to replace,” says Lehman.
The group also hosts teams doing debris cleanup and general repair volunteers from all over southwest Georgia.
“We have about a mission team a week coming in right now. We provide them a space to sleep and eat and just be comfortable while they're here,” says Lehman.
County residents still in need of roof repairs are encouraged to fill out a short application on the recovery group's Facebook page.
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Donations towards the blue tarp project are accepted at Friendship United Methodist Church in Donalsonville.