Escambia County weathers through
Published 2:47 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2001
By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
Stormy weather rocked Escambia County Saturday, but little damage was reported, according to Bill Smith, director of the Escambia County Emergency Management Agency.
The area experienced isolated thunderstorms with fierce winds and heavy gusts, but there was no report of tornadic activity, nor was there evidence of any. But there was rain – and more rain.
While streets in Atmore may flood and have to be closed, the threat here is nothing like the threat in Brewton and East Brewton when the water comes out of the creeks. The flood of 1998 is still a fresh reminder.
Smith said several business owners in Brewton and East Brewton were taking precautions.
The system monitors the waterways 24 hours a day and sends data to a satellite that feeds into the National Weather Service in Atlanta. NWS constantly sends out updated computerized reports on the water system.
Smith said area radio stations were also helpful in keeping people updated on weather conditions.
Some business people in downtown Brewton and East Brewton moved their stock. Some people in low-lying areas left their homes. The American Red Cross opened a shelter in Brewton Saturday and stayed open until about 10 p.m., but no one came.
Some roads and bridges were closed over the weekend. Bridges connecting Brewton and East Brewton were reopened Sunday night.