Georgia Residents Plead With Biden to Send FEMA After Town Devastated by Tornado

Georgia residents are pleading with President Joe Biden to send the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in Newnan, Georgia after the town was devastated by an EF-4 tornado from severe storms that hit multiple counties in late March.

A Newnan resident on Twitter, user @emokidsloveme, began a Twitter thread Sunday expressing how "sad" they were that a disaster declaration for Georgia has yet to be called, which would allow for federal assistance, and that people in Newnan have begun writing letters to the White House to garner attention as the area still suffers.

"You know, my little town can't seem to get any traction on getting @fema help and that makes me terribly sad. Newnan, Georgia was hit by a 170mph tornado on March 26th. The Governor finally asked for a disaster declaration, but still...nothing," the user wrote in their thread, including photos of the destruction.

You know, my little town can’t seem to get any traction on getting @fema help and that makes me terribly sad. Newnan, Georgia was hit by a 170mph tornado on March 26th. The Governor finally asked for a disaster declaration, but still...nothing. @jaketapper @JoyAnnReid

— emokidsloveme, J.D., LLM (@emokidsloveme) April 25, 2021

Let me show you some of what this tornado did to Newnan. pic.twitter.com/CXgjxDVUNc

— emokidsloveme, J.D., LLM (@emokidsloveme) April 25, 2021

"People in Newnan have started letter writing campaigns to get attention from the @WhiteHouse. Even @SenatorWarnock and @ossoff have written letters. Still, we hear nothing. I'm tired. I'm so very tired," the user added.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp sent a letter to the Biden administration on April 16 regarding the natural disaster, according to Georgia news outlet 11alive.com, which was followed by a separate letter from state Senators Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff and Congressman Drew Ferguson written on April 17 that urged Biden to issue a major disaster declaration.

"Reports from the National Weather Service indicate that a powerful EF-4 tornado with peak wind speeds of 170 miles per hours carved a nearly 40-mile path across multiple counties in the state, originating just outside of Franklin, Georgia and finally lifting in Peachtree City, Georgia almost an hour later," the letter detailed, which was published online.

It noted that the severity of damages occurred when the tornado reached its maximum speed when it hit Newnan.

"At its greatest intensity, this tornado was over a mile wide, inflicting catastrophic damage on homes, businesses, and structures such as Newnan High School," the letter added.

It was estimated that two tornadoes hit Georgia while eight ripped through neighboring Alabama, according to the Associated Press.

The letter addressed to Biden stated that an assessment revealed more than $28,317,034 in damages across eight Georgia counties caused by the severe storms and tornadoes. The eight counties assessed included Coweta, where Newnan is located, which the letter mentioned had 1,453 homes damaged with 273 totally destroyed or having suffered significant damage.

"There is a man living in his truck because his apartment was destroyed. He moved his son in with family friends, but they didn't have room for him, so he now lives in his truck. He's a veteran," Twitter user @emokidsloveme wrote in their Twitter thread about a Newnan resident.

There is a man living in his truck because his apartment was destroyed. He moved his son in with family friends, but they didn’t have room for him, so he now lives in his truck. He’s a veteran.

— emokidsloveme, J.D., LLM (@emokidsloveme) April 25, 2021

"Newnan, in particular, needs immediate federal assistance to help rebuild homes and businesses damaged by the storms and tornadoes, leaving many residents homeless, jobless, and without the financial means to absorb the costs of repairs as a result of uninsured or underinsured damages," the letter addressed to Biden urged.

"We strongly support the state's request for a major disaster declaration, and we thank you for prompt consideration. We stand ready to work with you and your Administration to support these critical recovery efforts in Georgia," the letter concluded.

Newsweek reached out to the White House, Warnock and Ossoff for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Damage in Newnan, Georgia After Tornado
Scott Lawrence of Newnan works on tornado damage to a home in Historic Newnan on March 26, 2021 in Newnan, Georgia. According to reports, an EF-4 rating tornado passed through Newnan and parts of nearby Coweta and Heard counties late Thursday night into Friday. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images