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Stillwell Towers back open, residents returning

Residents of Stillwell Towers forced from their homes by Hurricane Irma resumed their return today after a number began to arrive Tuesday evening.

 

Earline Wesley Davis, executive director of the Housing Authority of Savannah that operates the facility for the elderly and disabled, said Georgia Power was able to restore power late Tuesday afternoon and her staff completed inspections of the 210 apartments before allowing anyone to return.

“The building is open and power is back,” she said.

Salvation Army personnel were on hand Tuesday evening to provide meals for those returning.

Her staff was scheduled to be on hand at 10 a.m. to resume the return process, Davis said.

Residents of the high-rise apartment building for low-income residents on Waters Avenue were evacuated last week as Hurricane Irma made its way through Florida and into Georgia.

About 70 of the residents were taken by Chatham Area Transit buses on Saturday to the Savannah Civic Center for transportation to shelter in Augusta. Another 28 were sent out for special medical needs.

Others found help from family and friends or had their own transportation.

For about 90 others, authority staffers are calling family members and contacts in an effort to help with the relocation. Some of them had cars.

“But a lot of others don’t have any place to go and they have no cars,” Davis said Friday.

Last Friday, Davis expressed concern about delays in moving the majority of the residents until early Saturday to shelters in Augusta schools.

Kate Busbee, planning section chief for CMEA’s emergency operations center, said Friday CAT buses would run all day Saturday to complete the evacuation process and get the remaining residents on their way.

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