Recovery Efforts Continue after Tornadoes Hit South Georgia

Recovery Efforts Continue after Tornadoes Hit South Georgia
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 13:28:43-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's been 10 days since a deadly tornado ripped through Cook County.

Now, community leaders are planning their recovery efforts for the next few weeks.

Community leaders and officials in Adel and Cook County are thinking about the big picture in terms of recovery plans for an area that's been devastated.

The Cook County Tornado Relief Warehouse will stay open six days a week for the next two weeks. It's staffed by church volunteers.

There's also a finance committee that oversees all funds being donated from the community. Organizers say the committee ensures all storm survivors get the supplies and items they need.

The warehouse is not taking anymore donations. However, it is serving as the distribution center.

Meanwhile, it's a more much hopeful scene in Thomasville. Power is fully restored. Crews worked long hours to make sure everything was back up and running in just three days.

This was the first major storm with heavy damage Thomasville has had in years. They say they couldn't have done it without the help of others.

Seven cities sent mutual aid and hundreds from "Hands On Thomas County" and "All Hands National" continue to help cleaning up.

The group tells us six homes have been cleared of debris. 

They say that hundreds of volunteers remain in both counties where over 91 homes were destroyed and 8 people died.

Members of the Hands On volunteer organization are among those who are behind statewide efforts to help the victims affected by the recent tornado outbreak.

Within 48-hours of being on the ground, the team set up two volunteer reception centers, established a base, coordinated over 1,000 volunteers, and successfully executed a massive cleanup of the Sunshine Acres Mobile Home Park.

As help continues to pour in, the group is asking the community for donations to help support their efforts.

If you would like to donate to support All Hands, click here.