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Evacuees rave about Southern hospitality

September 6, 2004

Moultrie - Florida evacuees just can't seem to escape bad weather. Those who are camping out at Spence Field in Moultrie spent Monday listening to howling winds and fierce rain.

Trees and power lines swaying with the wind. A labor day spent in Moultrie. Florida visitor, Frank Plevin, says, "Thinking about the hurricane.

Plevin and his wife are Florida retirees, now they're Florida evacuees. Plevin says, "It's something we've never experienced, you don't know what's next."

Far from Hurricane Frances, but an adventure no less at Spence Field.

Near the couple's RV you can find a tree twisted by strong winds, rain drops catching a wild ride off roof tops and a man on a mission.

Dressed in a yellow rain coat, Brent Maule, is knocking on visitor's doors delivering homemade cookies from him and his wife.

Just as the Florida couple rants and raves about Moultrie hospitality. Plevin smiles, "The greatest people I've experienced in my life. I didn't think there were people living like this anymore." There's a knock at his door. He answers it and tells us, "This is exactly what I'm talking about!"

Maule brings in a batch of cookies and smiles, "Cookies make everyone smile."

A smile delivered by a stranger. Maule adds, "Rain or shine!" Plevin tells him, "Beautiful people, just beautiful people."

People this couple might see again. Plevin laughs, "We might be back to good ole Georgia."

Hurricane Ivan may be next, on it's way to the place this one time Michigan couple moved to seven years ago for rest and relaxation.

Spence Field officials are urging campers and RVs to stay put. Not only because of the slick roads, but the traffic and congestion going back south.

posted at 6:20PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com