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Atlanta crews head to Gulf for Isaac relief

7:51 AM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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Atlanta Red Cross volunteers preparing to leave for the Gulf. 17 volunteers went to Mississippi to offer Hurricane Isaac relief.

ATLANTA -- As people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama prepared for Hurricane Isaac Tuesday, hundreds of Georgians were en route to the Gulf, preparing to help victims.

Tuesday morning, 514 Georgia Power employees were dispatched to Alabama and Mississippi, getting in place to help restore power after the storm.

FEMA's regional headquarters in Atlanta sent crews and supplies days in advance, but spokeswoman Mary Hudak said they have more on standby.

Tuesday afternoon, 17 Red Cross volunteers left for Mississippi, charged with establishing shelter in disaster areas. Atlanta Red Cross spokesman Ruben Brown said they could be gone for as long as three weeks, depending on the need.

Atlanta is feeling Isaac's wrath in travel delays.  Delta, Southwest and AirTran airlines cancelled all Wednesday flights in and out of New Orleans. A Delta spokesman said the airlines has also cancelled service to Mobile, Baton Rouge and Biloxi.

Amtrak followed suit, suspending all Atlanta trains in and out of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana through Thursday.

As Isaac made its way to land, many people fled the Gulf, some seeking refuge in Atlanta.

Lester Love evacuated his New Orleans home exactly seven years ago, seeking refuge in Houston from the threat of a violent Hurricane Katrina.

Monday, he packed up his wife and three children once again, embarking on a similar journey to Atlanta.

"Katrina was the worst time in my life. In one day, everything was gone," he said.

"A lot of this seems like, we've done this before. The only difference is, we kind of expect what's going to happen and we don't expect it to be as bad as Katrina."

To check airline or train status from Atlanta, visit the following websites:

Delta Airlines
AirTran Airlines
Southwest Airlines

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