Georgia state parks open for Hurricane Florence evacuees
Georgia State Parks will be open for evacuees as Hurricane Florence hits the East Coast.
Campsites are available at no charge for people seeking a place to stay.
Park rangers at Cloudland Canyon State Park haven't had anyone come to the park looking for a place to stay as of now, but they want people to know they are here just in case.
Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn is one of the multiple locations in the Tennessee Valley opening their doors to hurricane evacuees.
Joseph Huges, Park Manager tells Channel 3 "All of our parks are open the entire time for people evacuating from the hurricane. We want to make sure they have a place to go."
He received a call earlier this week from the Atlanta office informing him to get prepared to host evacuees. "We get emails that say, get started. Get ready to put out the signs tell evacuees where to go, what they need to do, have your staff ready to answer all questions."
Evacuees don't have to worry about paying for pets or parking. The campground will be free of charge for dry RV and tent campers. "No water or electrical hookups but find a spot here at our day use area, set up camp and get away from the storm."
The campsites are 'dry' which means they don't have water or electricity and are in an overflow area.
This weekend is already scheduled to be busy at Cloudland Canyon Park. But park officials say anyone is welcomed. "We are full, all of our reservations have been filled up. We do have a few areas in our walk-in campsites backcountry. But our cottages are full, the group shelter has been rented, our water and electric campground has been rented as well. But we will not turn anybody away."
Hughes knows the campsite isn't home or where these people want to be, but he hopes Cloudland Canyon Park and their services can serve as a calm in the middle of this storm.
"Do the right thing. Give someone somewhere to go and allow them to feel safe during their stay with us."
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