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Governor Orders Parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties Evacuated

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 31, 2008

Release #3. 7:07am CDT

Governor Riley Orders Evacuations for Parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties

CLANTON - 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 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.

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