Franklin Evacuation

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It appears Alberto will have something of an impact on the panhandle, especially the eastern part of our viewing area. Folks in Franklin County started feeling the effects of Alberto Monday afternoon. Some are being asked to leave their homes.

This is not the first time the Smallwood’s family vacation been interrupted by severe tropical weather.

"This is twice. Once here. Once in Ft. Myers about five years ago."

After learning of Tropical Storm Alberto's projected storm surge of six to seven feet, Franklin County Emergency Management Director Butch Baker says he had to make the call for a mandatory evacuation.

Butch Baker said, "In a full fledged tropical storm, sub-hurricane, that's 65 to 70 mile per hour winds, every road in and out of Franklin County gets flooded out."

Emergency officials in Franklin County have called evacuations for many of the low lying areas like Alligator Point because many of the roads are prone to flooding, and that process has already started.

Property Manager Jody Revell says her company lost eight homes last year during Hurricane Dennis, but Alberto is packing less wind, so she's less concerned.

Jody Revell said, "This is nothing compared to Dennis. I mean, the day before Dennis came in, this is what it was doing. This is a few hours before this one comes, so we're not really worried about this."

But for the Smallwood’s family vacation, Alberto is making a lasting impression.

Jordan and Brandon Smallwood said, "We wanted to stay her the whole week and have fun in the ocean, ‘cause we only get to come back here once a year. We usually go fishing and stuff. Now we have to be evacuated again. "

Franklin County emergency officials have arranged for two evacuation shelters, one at Crawfordville Elementary in Wakulla County, the other at West Florida High School in Leon County.