Shell, Smith agree curfew should continue citywide

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005

By Staff
Mayor Howard Shell addressed city department heads, various disaster relief agencies, and city service representatives during a brief post-Hurricane Dennis meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The meeting, which was held in front of the Atmore City Hall due to power outages, Shell gave each representative present the opportunity to address the media about where they are at with recovery efforts.
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith gave Shell the option to continue the citywide curfew or to lift it. Shell opted to keep it in place for a few more days while power is restored throughout the city.
A city curfew, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., was announced Saturday afternoon.
Smith said that ambulance services, the United States Postal Service and other agencies that work throughout the night will not be restricted by the curfew.
Mayor Shell said state and federal elected officials have been most helpful.
Atmore Community Hospital Administrator Bob Gowing reported that the hospital regained power late Monday night.
Atmore Fire Chief Gerry McGhee announced that there were no injuries as a result of the storm, but did have concerns with the burning of brush.
A reminder was also given for residents to be careful where they pile up brush.
Shell also announced that many of the streets lights were beginning to operate and more should come on throughout the day.
Shell also commended the efforts of the Atmore Police Department, the 77 Alabama State Troopers, 17 Tuscaloosa County sheriff's deputies, two Madison County sheriff's deputies and over 100 National Guardsmen who have helped Atmore pick up the pieces during the aftermath of Dennis

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