Georgia winter storm damage expected to top $25 million

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 18, 2014 

Early estimates from last week’s snow and ice storm show insured losses of about $25 million.

“We anticipate that figure to rise as new claims are reported,” Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said in a statement.

Not all insurance companies had reported as of Tuesday.

Anyone experiencing difficulty reaching their insurance company can call the insurance commissioner’s consumer service hotline at 800-656-2298 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To guard against further damage, property owners are encouraged to use tarps or plywood on roofs that were compromised by falling trees.

Federal disaster officials toured the hardest-hit parts of the midstate on Tuesday. The visit was part of a “preliminary damage assessment” that will help determine whether federal aid may be in order.

In a meeting at the Jones County Emergency Management Agency, government officials from Gray and Jones gave estimates for extra costs they incurred responding to the wintry weather.

Fallen trees wrought most of the havoc in the county, clipping power lines and knocking out power for days last week.

Including overtime pay and costs such as removing fallen trees from roadways, the winter storm’s price tag in Jones was expected to top $40,000. That covers combined costs to the city and county, including police, fire and public works expenses.

Any federal aid that comes, however, would be months if not a year or more away, officials said.

Telegraph reporter Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this story.

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