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Shuttle bus transports Franklin County residents to evacuation shelter

Shuttle bus transports Franklin County residents to evacuation shelter.jpg
Shuttle bus transports Franklin County residents to evacuation shelter.jpg
Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 14:49:47-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Mandatory evacuations are for everyone in Franklin County, and most residents are heeding that warning.

Tuesday morning, the county shuttled a group of residents to Leon County.

Those evacuees are now at Fort Braden Elementary School. That's a designated emergency shelter in Leon County off Highway 20.

We were there when the last few residents headed into the bus in Lanark Village. That couple you saw actually lives in Indiana, but they spend some of their year here in Franklin County.

They told WTXL they didn't know where they were going at first or even what to pack. The man driving the shuttle said this was a critical resource for anyone who needed to leave.

"Well, all these people don't live in much more than a trailer home, and it's not conducive to the storm and the surge that we're going to have," explained Bud Strange, the transportation and maintenance coordinator for Franklin County Schools.

St. James Health & Rehab was evacuated as well. The shuttle picked up about 15 residents at stops in Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Lanark Village.