Governor orders evacuations near Mobile
Published 10:50 am Sunday, August 31, 2008
CLANTON ˆ At the request of local emergency management officials, Governor
Bob Riley on Sunday ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents of low
lying and flood prone areas of southern Mobile County and Baldwin County
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due to the threat posed by Hurricane Gustav.
The evacuation order, which went into effect at 7 a.m. Sunday, applies to all
residents of Mobile County in Hurricane Evacuation Zone 1, which is south of
Interstate 10 and includes areas such as Fowl River, Coden and Bayou La
Batre, and all Baldwin County residents on Fort Morgan Peninsula, Plash
Island, and areas south of Fort Morgan Road in the city of Gulf Shores.
“I’ve discussed this with local officials and we’re in agreement this evacuation
is necessary to protect the lives of these residents,” said Governor Riley.
The current track of Hurricane Gustav indicates the primary threat posed to
Alabamians is going to be flooding in these areas.”
The 3,000 Alabama National Guard troops the Governor activated earlier
remain on alert, and the Alabama Department of Transportation continues to
have staff propositioned along Interstate 65 and are ready to reverse lanes if
and when that becomes necessary. Alabama State Troopers also remain
deployed to assist the flow of evacuation.