Georgia National Guard assists in evacuee traffic

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CORDELE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Now that Irma has passed, many are taking advantage of the clearing weather, to head home. This also means interstates will be busier.

“I would say, double the amount of cars you’ll ever see on I-75 South,” said Lt. Elizabeth Ontiveros, with the Georgia National Guard.

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With more people on the interstates, more reason for authorities to be more vigilant.

“There’s a whole lot more accidents and everything else happening, so we brought people in from other parts of the state,” said Major John Filiatreau.

The Georgia National Guard was brought on to assist local authorities on the roads.



“Different agencies bring different capabilities and we make sure that we call the right people so they can help the motorists,” said Major Filiathreau.

“We’re prepared for a lot of traffic,” said Lt. Ontiveros. “People needing help, people getting stuck on the road, running out of gas, those kind of issues.”

Thirty soldiers are patrolling from Macon, to the Florida Georgia state line.

“They’re working North and South Bound I-75 with Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Highway Emergency Response Operations (HERO),” said Lt. Ontiveros. “Just running patrols, making sure there’s nobody stuck on the road and the traffic is flowing alright and letting GSP and HERO know if there’s any issues.”

If you are heading South on I-75, be prepared.

“Just be patient, don’t rush, make sure your gas is filled up,” said Lt. Ontiveros.

If you are local, know the back roads, or a different route, take them. This will clear up the interstate and make it easier for for evacuees to get home safely.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says if you are an evacuee, make sure you check with your local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to make sure it’s safe to return home.