Bryan County cleans up after deadly tornado

Bryan County residents and officials are cleaning up after a deadly tornado touched down earlier this week, killing one person and injuring eight.

County officials are working with contractors for storm debris removal and are reminding residents that vegetative waste, such as limbs and logs, need to be separated from construction waste. They are asking that all vegetative waste be put in the right of way of the roadway.

If you need non-emergency help, to request a welfare check, or to report large debris, you can call (912) 858- INFO.

All county courts will be closed until further notice. All County business will be conducted at the Bryan County administration building in Richmond Hill at 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive until further notice.

A State of Emergency remains in effect for damaged areas of North.

There has been significant damage to the Park Place and Homestead Drive neighborhoods, Hendrix Park, Black Creek Golf Club, and the areas of Pembroke including the County complex. 

Drivers are urged to avoid these areas as they go about their day.

As of yesterday, a curfew remained in effect for the impacted areas from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Below are some of the photos of the destruction caused by the tornado.

Bryan County Family Connection will stop taking physical donations of food, clothing, and other essential need items today at 5 p.m. The response has been tremendous and there are more than enough to supply the families impacted by the storm.

Bryan County cleans up after deadly tornado

Monetary donations are welcomed going forward. The United Way is assisting BCFC to help those impacted by the storm and can take donations via 211 or by texting 40403 and typing ‘Help Today.’ Monetary donations will be earmarked for long-term recovery to help these same Bryan County families with future needs beyond food and clothing.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, Bryan County Family Connection will host a Tornado Relief Resource Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lanier Primary at 6024 US-280 in Pembroke.

Tornado impacted families should bring proof of residence to pick up essential needs, such as food, water, diapers, clothing, and more. Mental health services, benefits assistance, and other resources will be on site to help anyone who needs help navigating this disaster.

The Georgia Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire will be hosting a “Claims Village” at Lanier Primary on Monday April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help file insurance claims and answer any questions that impacted resident’s may have.

Bryan County Community Development is waiving building permit fees for those rebuilding damage associated with the tornado. Contractors and property owners may submit for building permits through the county’s online portal at Evolve Public (infovisionsoftware.com).

If you need in-person assistance Permit Technician Ashley Young, will be working out of the Tax Assessor’s office in Pembroke (15 N. Courthouse Street) starting Monday, April 11, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You may also email (dmonaco@bryan-county.org or ayoung@bryan-county.org) or call 912-756-7962.

Residents are encouraged to apply for the necessary permits, including electrical, as part of the service is verifying contractors are licensed in the state of Georgia. You do not need permits for fence or roof repairs or to secure your property.

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