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Tallahassee to soon welcome 1K relief workers

Tallahassee to soon welcome 1K relief workers
Tallahassee to soon welcome 1K relief workers
Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 09:29:58-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Now that much of the power in Tallahassee has been restored, the Capital City is focusing on becoming a sanctuary for others affected by Hurricane Michael and those helping out. 

By the middle of the week, the green space behind a Tallahassee International Airport Terminal will house about a thousand men and women with the National Guard for hurricane relief.

Late Monday morning, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum surveyed the area before discussing the upcoming plans.

The Million Air Terminal will also be the place to park trucks and supplies for the National Guard and other personnel.

As far as the people from the Panhandle displaced by the storm, Gillum says he expects those people to start coming into Tallahassee soon and he expects many of the people coming in from the Panhandle to stay as long as the end of the school year. 

"One of the reasons all throughout the storm recovery I said it was important for us to get back to 100 percent is because I knew we would play a larger role in the region," said Gillum. "By Wednesday, that tent camp will be erected  and it will begin to play a tremendous role in helping the region further west become recovered." 

Mayor Gillum says because Tallahassee is so close to a full recovery, it's time to go into assistance mode for those in west of the Capital City.