Alberto Affects Franklin County Vacations


Some vacationers were upset with the decisions made by Franklin County Emergency Management, for this big holiday weekend.

A mandatory evacuation was set for the islands in the county.

Subtropical storm Alberto left its mark with crashing waves and fast winds.

Alberto also caused Franklin County Emergency Management to make some pretty tough decisions for this Memorial Day weekend.

“We called for evacuations on our barrier islands,” said Pamela Brownell, Franklin Co. EOC Director.

Those evacuations were also called for anyone living directly on the coast as well as RV parks.

“We just said, you know, you got to go, but we directed them to just come inland,” Brownell said. “We checked the hotels here to see who had rooms and we put that information out.”

Pamela Brownell serves Franklin County as Emergency Operations director.

She siad, every time the rain stops and the sun peaks through, she gets calls, asking why the islands were evacuated and why vacationers can’t go back on the beach.

“Life safety is the main thing now,” said Brownell. “It’s hard for people to understand that, when they’ve spent four or five thousand dollars on a house.”

Officials said the EOC is watching the weather radar closely, and is hoping to be able to call off the evacuation, soon.

“This is going to blow through. A lot of people book for the whole week, so, come on over here, spend the night, you may have to spend tonight, but then tomorrow morning you should be able to go back and enjoy the rest of your weekend,” Brownell said.

The bridge to St. George Island was closed but is now reopened.

Sheriff AJ Smith reminds everyone to still use extreme caution.

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