President Obama signed a declaration Saturday saying a major disaster exists in the state of Georgia following Hurricane Matthew's impact.
The declaration orders federal aid be sent to help state and local recovery efforts in the area, beginning Oct. 4, 2016, and continuing.
The funding will go to local governments and certain nonprofit organizations for emergency work in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional assistance may be designated after the assessments are completed.
Hurricane Matthew swept by Georgia's coast on Friday into overnight Saturday, before making landfall in South Carolina. Savannah and Brunswick suffered major damage from rain, winds and a significant storm surge. Towns along the entire Georgia coast now have to deal with major cleanup.
The storm, which is responsible for hundreds of deaths in Haiti and the Caribbean, also claimed three lives in Georgia. It killed several others in Florida and North Carolina.
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