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Katrina Forces Evacuation of Coastal Residents

By Alabama Public Radio

Mobile, AL – Many residents of coastal Alabama have evacuated. The storm could leave bayou and beachfront roads under a sea of water. Interstates were jammed Sunday as mandatory evacuation orders were issued for coastal and low-lying areas of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Governor Riley ordered those evacuations. The Governor says the primary threat to Alabama from the massive storm is flooding. Mobile Mayor Mike Dow says the possible flooding could be worse than the nine-foot surge that soaked downtown and turned a key interstate connector into a lake during Hurricane Georges in 1998.

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