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Women overwhelmed by support after Irma destroys home
Community comes together for pair displaced by storm damage
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From left, Hall County Fire Services Sgt. Derrick McCollum, Cathy Georgia, Gwen Cummings, Sgt. Kody Savage and Sgt. Jason Edwards pose for a picture. Georgia and Cummings said they were “overwhelmed” by the support after a tree destroyed their home during Tropical Storm Irma. - photo by For The Times

Cathy Georgia and partner Gwen Cummings couldn’t hear the giant red oak tree coming their way.

“All of the sudden we just felt this tremendous vibration. I didn’t even hear it, and she didn’t hear it either. She just yelled, ‘Run,’” Georgia said of the storm Sept. 11.

In an instant, the pair were sent scrambling to get the essentials — clothes, medicine, dog food — before heading to a motel.

“We pretty much lost everything that we had in the front of the house,” Georgia said of their Sardis home.

The two have been “overwhelmed and blessed” by the acts of kindness after the storm, including The Red Cross and Hall County Fire Services among others.

Station No. 13’s Lt. Phil Bowman said the department was contacted by the Red Cross.

“There was six of us here that day, so we just helped to move the real heavy stuff and help to get some of that stuff in order,” Bowman said of the Sept. 24 moving effort.

Cannon Delivery donated a truck to help move items to a storage unit. Georgia also thanked The Guest Lodge on Queen City Parkway for its hospitality during her stay.

“I was actually on the front porch about 10 minutes before that taking videos, and of course my family and friends all told me to get back in the house,” Georgia said.

On Friday, Georgia said she and Cummings are prepared to move into another rental property next week.

“It does make you feel good that you can help in any way, whether it is in an emergency capacity or in some case like this (where) they’re down on their luck or hard times hit them,” Bowman said.

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