Florida residents seek shelter in Alabama

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017

With Hurricane Irma threating Florida and other southeastern states, many Floridians have decided to evacuate and ride out the storm in Alabama.

As of Friday, several local hotels informed the Star-News that they are completely full from those seeking refuge from the hurricane.

Best Western of Andalusia, Quality Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Econo Lodge were completely booked up for the weekend.

Econo Lodge owner said there was a possibility of cancellations, and that they will be waiving the 24-hour cancellation policy for those fleeing the storm.

The Evergreen Inn and Suite (251-578-8801) and the Baymont Inn and Suites in Greenville (334-382-6300) both have several rooms available for the weekend, the owner said.

Days Inn in Andalusia said they have a few rooms available after others cancelled their weekend reservations.

Best Western in Opp confirmed that they have less than 10 rooms available for the weekend.

Others, like the Endrizzi family from Citrus County, Fla., loaded up some belongings and their pets in the RV and plan to stay at an RV park.

Edrizzi said that the family boarded up their house as best as they could and then loaded up with his wife, three kids, their dog and cat before fleeing the approaching storm.

For people seeking hotel information, call 800-252-2262, or visit http://www.alabama.travel/.

The American Red Cross has also set up shelters opened at Alabama State University’s Acadome in Montgomery, and the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale.

Evacuees in need of ARC shelter should contact the ARC at 1-800-733-276 or call 211.

For the shelter updates, go to http://ema.alabama.gov/2017/09/08/2212/.

For overnight availability at Alabama State Parks, check http://www.alapark.com/Map-of-Parks.

Those seeking animal shelters can contact the Farm Center Houston County at 334-792-5730.