By WTOC staff
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties across the state and now he's asking the President for an emergency federal disaster declaration to help homeowners whose properties have flooded.
Recent heavy rains have caused massive flooding in parts of the state and Perdue has said he, "will do everything in its power, both physically and fiscally" to help flood victims.
"What we are trying to do right now is get people around, protect roads, inspect dams, warn people about life and safety and keep them from driving through these rushing currents through roads," he said. "Vehicles are not designed to run through rushing water."
Perdue also urged residents to stay away from the flooded west Georgia areas, and told residents to resist the temptation to return to their neighborhoods.
Georgia Power reports that nearly 7,000 homes in metro Atlanta are still without power. About 70 power crews from Savannah, Effingham County, Brunswick and Hinesville on the way to the Atlanta area to help restore power.