September 19, 2004
Albany- Ninety percent of the buildings at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida suffered significant damage at an estimated cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Some military aircraft were damaged as well. No one was injured.
Sailors are already cleaning up some areas, but it will be weeks before the Pensacola Naval Air Station will be back to normal.
About 1,300 Marines left the NAS to ride out Hurricane Ivan at MCLB. Those Marines are expected to leave some time this week.
The Florida Marines say so far they've enjoyed the hospitality they've been shown in South Georgia.
The men and women had a chance to leave the Albany Marine Base this weekend and many of them spent their free time shopping at Albany Mall.
"We're just finding things to entertain ourselves with cards and everything. Some Marines have board games, others have little race cars going around. It's all fun though," says PFC Joseph Perez.
"They kind of bent over backwards for us and made it a somewhat of a comfortable stay," adds PFC Grant Moran.
The Marines only got to pack the necessities when they were evacuated, so they wore their uniforms as they toured Albany this weekend.
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A family's home went up in flames in the pre-dawn hours Thursday on the west side of Sylvester.
A diesel spill near Hall Road and Highway 319 has prompted an evacuation at a Thomas County elementary school.
Dozens of homes around the Tyson Foods chicken plant on Industrial Park Blvd have been evacuated after a chemical fire at the plant began around 10 Wednesday night.
One person is hospitalized after a crash sent a car overturning several times in Albany. It happened around 2:30 Thursday morning at Dennis Homes off Newton Road.
Students at Garrison Pilcher Elementary School had a powerful facetime chat with one of their classmates for the first time since she started treatment for leukemia in Atlanta.