Mayors voice frustrations to governor, get results

Published 1:47 am Wednesday, September 22, 2004

By Staff
Staff Report
When Gov. Bob Riley landed at the Brewton Airport Saturday after surveying the damage in Escambia County, Brewton Mayor Ted Jennings was not happy.
Jennings didn't bother with protocol.
Jennings' comments drew statewide media attention. Apparently, Riley was paying attention, too.
Jennings said the level of response to local pleas for help "put an exclamation point on the level of destruction we experienced."
He said FEMA has agreed to handle debris removal county wide. Residents are responsible for getting fallen debris to the roadside, and FEMA will eventually remove it, Jennings said.
Gov. Riley, along with representatives of FEMA and EMA, flew over Escambia County, observing the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan and the numerous tornadoes that touched down in the area.
East Brewton Mayor Terry Clark expressed frustration similar to Jennings'.