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Tift County gets ready for Hannah evacuees

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 2, 2008

TYTY, GA (WALB) - The First Baptist Church of TyTy has become a temporary home to 47 Houma and Kenner, Louisiana evacuees. "We have all the way from one-month-olds to a special needs person who is in a wheelchair," said David Haire of the Tift Sheriff Department.

And they are just a few of the 1.9 million to leave the state. "We are waiting on word from Louisiana on when the evacuees can start heading back. It is our understanding that they are still under 24-hour curfew in that area," said Tift EMS Director, Craig Grace.

As they wait to get the okay from the west, Tift County Emergency Management and American Red Cross workers are closely watching tropical trouble in the East. "We are waiting to see the track of the storm. It looks as if it will impact the Georgia coast or the Carolinas so we are waiting to see," said Haire.

But wherever Hanna makes landfall, officials know Tift County will be affected in some way. "Because of the highway system that comes through Tifton, it's a very easy spot to get to from both the Georgia and Florida coasts. So we expect to get quite a few evacuees from those areas," said Grace.

"We've already gotten word that Tift County may be an emergency animal shelter inparticular with livestock for the people traveling from the East coast," said Haire.

And they are prepared to make room for more. "The shelter would remain open. And we would just bring in however many more evacuees this shelter can hold and keep them here as long as necessary," said Grace.

And they will do anything else to ensure lives are saved during the peak of hurricane season.

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