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Honor Thy Neighbor

Electric utility repair trucks are gathering by the hundreds in Lake Park, Georgia, preparing to head south at a moment's notice.

Mike Capparelli, Tampa Electric Construction Coordinator, says, "Within the next day here in Lake Park, we're going to have several hundred utility crews and contractors, tree trimmers, electrical crews staged in the area and staying here until we hear from headquarters that we can safely travel back to Tampa to begin restoration of our system."

At the Georgia Visitor's Center are helping folks find a safe place to stay.

Cathy Sarnett, the Visitor Center manager, manager, "What we're doing now is helping folks find lodging, making reservations. We're gathering room availability up towards Valdosta, Tifton, on up I-75."

Fleeing residents say they appreciate the help during this stressful and uncertain time.

Ted Weeks, who fled Hurricane Charley, says, "We're going to stay in Georgia for at least two days. We've got our daughter to call in Tampa, she's in a safe spot, and we'll give her a call and see what's going on. (Officers) probably won't let us in for a few days, we don't know."

Capparelli adds, "Unfortunately, where I live, we were asked to evacuate, so I really don't know what to expect when I get back home."

But these evacuees can expect a lot of help from south Georgians until they can return home.


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