Arctic cold causes estimated $75 million in insured losses in Georgia

As Middle Georgia braces for another bout of winter cold, some people are only beginning to realize the extent of damage from last week’s deep freeze.

Two buildings at the Hepzibah Children’s Home in northwest Bibb County sustained major damage from busted pipes.

“We’re not built for 40-year cold. Most places down here aren’t,” said Hepzibah Executive Director Peter Bagley.

Preliminary damage estimates run up to $50,000 in two homes on the campus.

Walls, ceilings, baseboards, insulation, flooring and carpet need to be replaced due to water damage.

Statewide, an estimated $75 million in insured losses has been reported to Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, who released preliminary numbers Tuesday.

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