Albany offers RV slots for Irma evacuees

Albany offers RV slots for Irma evacuees
An RV show at the Exchange Club drew 160 RVs, and they still had room to spare (Source: Exchange Club)
An RV show at the Exchange Club drew 160 RVs, and they still had room to spare (Source: Exchange Club)
The RV Park at the Exchange Club (Source: Exchange Club)
The RV Park at the Exchange Club (Source: Exchange Club)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several hundred people with recreational vehicles and trailers can find a safe place to ride out Hurricane Irma, in Southwest Georgia.

Chehaw Park and The Exchange Club of Albany said Wednesday that they are making accommodations for Floridians and Georgians who want to get to high, dry land.

Thursday, dozens of people were set to take advantage of those accommodations.

"Well, we were going to take a trip up the East Coast," said Dianne Cogley, a Pensacola resident.

She and her husband had planned to stay in the Jacksonville, Florida area, then make stops in Savannah and New york, prior to learning of Irma's path.

"We decided we better turn around and come back this way," Cogley said. They learned of Chehaw Park's options for evacuees and decided to stop there for a night before heading to Alabama.

Kenneth Jacobs, a member of the Coast Guard auxiliary, and his wife Marian did the same.

"I feel a little uncomfortable being up here, away from the Coast Guard's efforts but my first priority was my wife," said Jacobs.

He said he typically does his best to help the Coast Guard in any way he can during storms like these.

Cogley said her experience in destructive storms makes her sympathetic to Floridians' current dilemma.

"We went through Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, so we know what it's like to go through a traumatic thing like that," said Cogley.

The Exchange Club of Albany in coordination with the Exchange Club Fair of SW Georgia can take over 200 RVs, with power hookups and a sewer connection.

"We decided that if Florida had to evacuate, we were gonna open up our facility for those people that are seeking a safe haven and to get out of harm's way," said Skip Nichols, Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Fair Manager.

The Exchange Club will charge only $10.00 for electricity and cleanup.

The address for the Exchange Club Trailer Park is 2007 Oakridge Dr., Albany, GA  31707.

Chehaw Park's full hookup spots are full. However, the campground does still have options for people who need a 110 electric hookup, a place to park, or to fill up their water tank.

"We wanted to make it a little bit easier for them in doing a discount," said Morgan Burnette with Chehaw.

Chehaw still has space in a small horse campground with a few corrals and room to highline, as well.

The address for Chehaw Park is 105 Chehaw Park Road, Albany, GA 31701. This is about a mile off the US 19 Bypass, in Albany. Their phone number is 229.430.5275.

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