Strong thunderstorms descended on the Atlanta Metro area on the weekend of June 24 and certainly left their mark on the city. In addition to reports of sinkholes opening up on major roads due to severe storms and structural damage, the weekend saw a tragic loss of life and power, affecting thousands of Atlantans.
Death of a well-known Buckhead resident
Sadly, a well-known real estate agent died on June 25 because a tree was knocked down in Buckhead Village. 55-year-old George Heery Jr. lost his life when he was struck by a fallen tree.
Heery and his family have strong roots in Atlanta when it comes to property development. Heery had over two decades’ worth of experience in real estate, including but not limited to financial analysis, investment sales, and corporate re-engineering.
Heery’s father, George Sr, was involved in the development of facilities at Emory University, the Atlanta History Center, and former sports stadiums in the city like Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome.
Heery Jr. was transported to a local hospital after the incident, where he passed away due to his severe injuries.
Thousands left without power
The storms have also sapped thousands of citizens of power. Georgia Power is advising people to remain vigilant of their surroundings, as downed electrical lines could compromise safety.
Temperatures are going to be in the 90s for the foreseeable future, so residents are hoping that power can be restored in short order, especially for the elderly.
The thunderstorms have also wreaked havoc on traffic, as road closures have forced drivers to take alternative routes. This includes West Peachtree Street and 17th Street in Midtown and other closures in DeKalb County.
This has been a difficult time for many members of the community, and it’s important that we check on our loved ones to ensure everyone is safe and has what they need.
Rafi Law Firm is also here for anyone that needs legal assistance during this time, whether for a car accident caused by a sinkhole or the death of a loved one. We can be contacted at (404) 800-9933.