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					                                                                                                                                                                                             * * Morning News, Tuesday, June 6, 1995 - 5A

                                                                                   Allison smacks South
Georgians still
wary of storm
Memories of Alberto aftermath
remain fresh in minds of many
By Gary L Carter                          ered roads in Laurens County south-
The Associated Press                    . east of Macon Monday night and
    South Georgia residents were          U.S. 441 and state highway 46 were
wary but not overly concerned as          being monitored for possible closure
Hurricane Allison came ashore Mon-        as the rain tapered off, said Missy
day over north Florida, was quickly       Williamson, dispatcher at the Lau-
downgraded to a tropical storm and,       rens County Sheriffs Department.
later, a tropical depression.             County schools would be closed to-
    For some people, Allison revived     -day, she said.
memories of last year's torrential            "But right now we're pretty
rain and flooding caused by Tropical      calm," she said.
Storm Alberto.                                Earlier Monday, people in com-
    But unlike Alberto, which hov-        munities hardest hit by last July's
ered over Georgia for several days,       flooding were ready for the worst as
Allison and the heavy rains it            Allison approached.
brought made a steady exit toward         S^JWe're really not too nervous
South Carolina to the northeast .as       yet," said Charles Tyson, city man-
the evening progressed.                   ager of Bainbridge. "Of course,
   The National Hurricane Center in       we're still thinking about the one
Miami, Fla., downgraded Allison to      ^ttiat started with an 'A' last year."
a tropical depression late Monday as          Pat Clausori, who still lives in a
top winds dropped to 20 mph. The          mobile home in the front yard of her
system's center was near Alma, 88         home flooded last year by Lake
miles southwest of .Savannah, by 10       Blackshear, told the Cordele Dis-
p.m. It was expected to brush South       patch her reaction to Allison was
Carolina before heading out to the        "knots in my stomach."
Atlantic Ocean, but "waters are too           As the storm's center was still
cool for redevelopment," said the         offshore, one of its outstretched
National Hurricane Center's Pat           arms spawned a tornado that struck
Pritchett             ,',.';,".           Kings. Bay Naval Submarine Base
    "The sun's shining in patches         early Monday, causing extensive
right now," Michelle Miles, an            damage to the base recreational fa-
emergency worker in Seminole
County -in extreme southwest Geor-
gia, said Monday evening. "We had
                                          cilities but no injuries,
                                          ton said the storm damaged the auto
                                              Chief Petty Officer Stacey Bying-                                                                                                                                    Coping &
some roads flooding in areas were it      body shop, tennis courts, batting
normally floods. It's turning out to      cages, pitching machines and sever-
be pretty nice out there."                al vehicles at the base at St. Marys
   Flash flood watches and warn*          on the southeast Georgia coast.
ings were canceled for south Geor-            The weather service said another
gia by 10:40 p.m., but the weather                                                                                                                                                                                 Above: Volunteers and
service placed 34 counties in east        2 to 5 inches of rain was expected                                                                                                                                      .workers clean up debris from
central Georgia from just north of        over central and south Georgia,                                                                                                                                         The Crooked River
Augusta to Cordele to just north of       some in areas that had up to 4 inches
                                          earlier Monday.                                                                                                                                                          Elementary School in St.
Savannah under a flash flood watch.                                                                                                                                                                                Marys following a tornado
   In Decatur County in south Geor-           Albany reported'receiving 4.22                                                                                                                                       spawned by hurricane Allison
gia, 10 roads were under water by         inches of rain during the period from                                                                                                                                    on Monday. Tornado damage
early evening. Some of the roads          8 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday, the                                                                                                                                      was also reports at Kings Bay
would be open by this morning, said       weather service said. Valdosta re-
Earl McGrotha, director of the De-        ceived 1.68 inches during that same                                                                                                                                      Navel Submarine Base. Left:
catur County Emergency Manage-           .period.                                                                                                                                                                  Basay Boldoe of Albany
ment Agency in Baihbridge. Water                                                                                                                                                                                   climbs out of his car after it
also covered several roads in Grady           Alberto moved over Alabama and                                                                                                                                       stalled on a street flooded by
                                          Georgia during the Fourth of July
County, where sheriffs deputies di-       weekend last year and stayed for                                                                                                                                         heavy rains.
rected traffic. . . , . . ' . '           several days, causing the Flint and
   "Wejye-jgot a lot of water in          Ocmulgee Rivers to overflow.
yardar McGrotha said. "They have                 • * " **?• -   ' '       -*                                                                                                                                     .photo* by The Atsoclllttf Pr»M
access to the house, there's just wa-         The flooding killed 31 people and
ter there."        :                      did $350 million damage, affecting 55
   Volunteers were closing rain-cov-      of the 159 counties in Georgia.

Rodents feast on                                                 Surfs still up                                                                                       Storm turns thoughts
Chatham Jail's                                                                                                                                                        to flood insurance
emergency rations                                                                                                                                                     By LoyaH Solomon
                                                                                                                                                                      Savannah News-Press
                                                                                                                                                                         The first hurricane of the season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 inesses under the hew law were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 raised front $250,000 to $500,000 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 buildings and $300,000 to $500,000 for
ByTomZotlntr                                                                                                                                                          caused property owners in Savannah         contents.
Savannah News-Press                                                                                                                                                   to start thinking about flood insur-           And even though the new law ex-
                                                                                                                                                                      ance.                                      tended the waiting period, there are
   Chatham County officials thought they were being                                                                                                                                                             exceptions:
prudent in 1994 when they bought $63,000 of emergency                                                                                                                    "The first call we got this morn-          • There is no waiting period fol-
food supplies for the Chatham County jail. ;                                                                                                                          ing was from a gentleman who               lowing the initial purchase of flood
   But it turned into the best smorgasbord local mice                                                                                                                 wanted to come straight down, buy a        insurance in making a initial loan or
have ever seen.                                                                                                                                                       policy andjhave it in effect within 24    increasing, extending or renewing a
   Rodents have eaten their way through 182 cases of                                                                                                                   hours,'H?aid Carolyn Shepard, who         loan. The insurance then becomes
"Meals Ready to Eat" stored in a warehouse at the jail,                                                                                                               works with Allstate in Varsity Plaza      effective when the loan is closed.
according to an internal audit report.                                                                                                                                on the southside.                             • There is no waiting period if .the
   "Looks like the mice had a pretty good time," said                                                                                                                    "I hated to disappoint him, but I       initial purchase occurs during the 13
   . '•                         .- Reese White, internal                                                                                                              had to tell him that there is now a 30-   months following the revision or up-
                                   audit director for Chat-                                                                                                           day waiting period on flood insur-        dating of a flood insurance rate
 Rodents have eaten ham County.                                                                                                                                       ance - unless you are buying a            map. In such a case, the policy will
 their way through theThe county bought      prepackaged
                                                                                                                                                                      piece of property for the first time,"
                                                                                                                                                                      she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                go into effect at 12:01 a.m. the day
 182 cases of "Meals meals from an Indiana                                                                                                                                                                      after purchase.
                                                                                                                                                                         Until recently, homeowners only            Flood losses are not covered by
 Ready to Eat"                     company in September                                                                                                               had to wait five days for their flood     regular homeowner's or business in-
                                   1994 to feed prisoners                                                                                                             insurance to become effective. New        surance.
 stored in a ware-                 in the event a strong                                                                              Adam Tmumftavannah Newt-Prett   regulations extended that Waiting             The National Flood Insurance
 house at the jail,                hurricane knocked out                                                                                                              period to 30 days, according to the       Program, administered by the Fed-
                                   the kitchen facilities,       Pat and Trad Young swim in rough surf on Tybee Beach near the DeSoto Motel                           Federal Emergency Management              eral Insurance Administration,
 according to an in- said George Lynch, di-                      Monday. The Jonesboro, GA, couple were here for their 10th anniversary. Pat                          Agency.                                   makes federally backed flood insur-
 ternal audit report. vices. of Central Ser-
                                   rector                        Young said, "I don't care if it was a hurricane, I was going to get in the                              The National Flood Insurance           ance available in communities that
                                                                 water... There's some killer waves out there."                                                       Reform Act of 1994, signed into law       adopt and enforce flood pi a in man-
                                                                                                                                                                      in September, also increased the          agement ordinances to reduce future
    Meals Ready to Bat are well-known - and not uni-                                                                                                                  maximum coverage amounts for              flood damage.
versally loved - among hunters, backpackers and U.S.                                                                                                                  flood insurance policies for home-            In Savannah, there are floodplain
Army soldiers. They're sealed in tough brown plastic,
and the starchy main courses are usually bland offer-
ings like tuna with noodles, corned beef hash or spaghet-
                                                              Officials prepare for worst case                                                                        owners from $185,000 to $250,000 for
                                                                                                                                                                      the home and $60,000 to $100,000 for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                areas of the city where flood insur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                ance is required before a mortgage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                lender will make a loan on a home
ti with meat sauce.                                                                                                that the storm would stall over this area.            The maximum coverages for bus-         purchase.
                                                              By Brad Swope
    Mice seem to have found them delicious.                   Savannah News-Press                                      "that's what we're preparing for: the
   When employees of the Walter J. Mitchell Sheriffs              For those paid to worry about weather di-        worst-case scenario," he said. /
Complex inspected the inventory in March, they found          sasters hitting Savannah, just looking out the           Saturated ground helped aggravate the fall     Insurance firm rebounds from Hugo
rodent droppings, dead mice and swarms of flying in-          window Monday afternoon was a comfort.               flooding This year's dry spring could help if
sects in the warehouse.                                           Morning rain had given way to dry skies          heavy rains come.                                  The Associated Press                      looking forward to celebrating its
                                                              and even fleeting moments of sunshine.                   Year-to-date rainfall was running more             CHARLESTON, SC            Unisun      100th anniversary in 1991.
    "It was determined the bugs were living off the bod-                                                           than 5 inches below normal as of Monday            Insurance Co . the oldest in Charles-         But then came Hugo and 35,000
ies of the dead rodents." sheriffs Capt. Bruce Riner              But with Tropical Storm Allison's bands of
                                                              rainy weather still swirling through the re-         morning, which means underlying soil could         ton, has recovered from the black         claims that more than doubled what
wrote in a memo.                                              gion, Chatham County emergency officials             still be dry enough to soak up runoff.             night almost six years ago when           the company was collecting in pre-
    But the majority of the provisions were undamaged                                                                  Not overly dry. though: More than an inch      Hurricane Hugo threatened to wash         miums The company rang up $46
                                                              didn't want to take any chances.
   The sheriffs department moved the remaining 830               So late Monday afternoon, they met and            of rain fell between Thursday and Sunday, ac-      it out                                    million in losses during two years
cases into a large steel container designed to carry          promptly decided to open Gadsden Elementa-           cording to National Weather Service totals             Covering storm losses left the        and its capital fell sixfold between
freight and purchased from the Georgia Ports Authori-         ry School on May Street as an evacuation shel-           The scare value of Allison also provides an    company 40 percent smaller Unisun         1988 and 1989
ty                                                            ter in case it was needed for flooding victims       antidote to hurricane complacency, Smith           announced last week it is no longer           "One hundred years we were los-
   The new makeshift storage shed is now parked out-             Red Cross spokeswoman Cherie Thompson             said                                               renewing homeowners policies in           ing in six hours" of Hugo, Chairman
side the door of the warehouse.                               reminded those who may use the shelter to                "In this county, most people don't start       South Carolina because the business       James I) Lubs said.
                                                              bring needed medication, pillows, blankets,          worrying about hurricanes until August and         isn't profitable                              Amerisure Cos. of Detroit, one of
    Prepackaged food for emergency workers is also                                                                 September." he said                                    But these days the insurer, which
stockpiled at the old county jail on Montgomery Street        baby and infant supplies and toys for small                                                                                                       the 100 largest insurers in the nation,
                                                              children.                                                Hurricanes and tropical storms are unusu       paid its final Hugo claim last year,      pledged a $15 million note in 1990
and at the headquarters of the Chatham Emergency                                                                   al this early in the hurricane season, which       is posting profits nearly as high as
Management Agency in the Old Courthouse on Wright                Refreshments were provided Monday night                                                                                                        and helped to convert Unisun from a
                                                              and breakfast was available this morning.            started Thursday But history shows they're         before the storm. The (Charleston)        mutual to a stock-owned company.
Square. Both supplies were untouched by mice, Lynch                                                                not unknown. Smith noted                           Post and Courier reported Monday
                                                                 The shelter will remain open as long as it is                                                                                                      In exchange, Amerisure owns all
said.                                                                                                                  In fact, November hurricanes        such as        "What I'm most proud of is we
                                                              needed /Thompson said.                                                                                                                            20,000 shares of company stock.
   There doesn't appear to be a connection between the            At rmdafternoon Monday. Allison was mov-         last fall's Gordon      have several times pre-    had $255 million in claims and lived
dead mice at the jail and the quality of the Meals Ready      ing north across Georgia at a steady pace,           ceded May or early June hurricanes the fol-        to tell about it," company President          Unisun's assets have now in-
to Eat, Lynch said                                            which was encouraging because brisk-moving           lowing years                                       Richard K Russel said                      creased to $61 million, although
   "I'd like to think we have greedy mice, instead of         storm/have less gpportunity to dump rain.                "There's a noticeable pattern but 1 can't          Before Hugo the company, then          that's well below of the peak of $112
bad MtiEs," he said.                             *                Still, Smith wasn't ruling out the possibility    explain it," he said                              knofcfh as American Mutual, was            million before Hugo.              *

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