Central Ga. counties holding off on going to Texas to help

Central Ga. waiting to help Harvey victims

In Central Georgia, many Emergency Management Agencies say they are holding off for now on sending groups or equipment to the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Heavy rain still pounding down on areas in Texas being hit by Hurricane Harvey. Though all is quiet here in Central Georgia right now, many are in awe of the hurricane's impact.

"We'll probably never see this, probably never again in my lifetime, but this is one in the records book. This has never occurred,” says Jones County’s Emergency Management Agency Director Don Graham.

He says though the weather is not affecting us here in Central Georgia, they are preparing for the possible impact on gas prices after many Texas oil refineries closed down due to the hurricane.

"First thing is preparing all of our apparatuses on the fire end. Make sure that they're full of fuel and ready to go. There's going to be a shortage of fuel and when there's a shortage then the prices are going to soar, too. When the prices soar with the fuel, so does the cost of food, too, so everything's going to be affected,” says Graham.

While the Georgia Emergency Management Agency has not asked any Central Georgia counties to help out just yet, Georgia Power also says they are on standby for now.

"With the storm the way, it has lingered around and with the extreme flooding, it would be difficult for us and potentially dangerous for us to send crews into this area at this point anyway,” explains Georgia Power spokesperson John Kraft.

EMA groups say there is a chance they may be called out to help with recovery in Texas.

"It's ongoing, it's not over with yet. There's still 3 or 4 more days of rain to come and it's not in inches, it's in feet,” says Graham.

He says it is a chance for Georgia to take note and prepare for any future weather catastrophes in our area. According to USA Today, US drivers in some areas may see an increase of up to 25 cents a gallon.

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