Anxious Florida evacuees finally leave Albany for home

September 13, 2017 06:36 PM

COLONIE - Flights resumed from Albany International Airport to Florida on Thursday, after Hurricane Irma battered the state.

You wouldn't think one little change on the departure board would make so many people happy. The source of their happiness was probably two-fold. First, people were happy to be flying home. Second, maybe there is such a thing as overstaying your welcome at someone else's home.

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Alexandra Davis is finally heading home to Viera, Fla., after a one-week refuge in Albany, still uncertain what she'll have to deal with when she gets there.

"I have water right behind my house and the last I talked to anybody, it was about within inches of the backdoors. So I don't know what I'm going to," she admitted.

After living most of his life in Albany, William Colwell was actually planning a permanent move to St. Augustine, Fla. last week, intending to live his new life in paradise, hoping now that it won't be something else.

"Paradise lost," he conceded.

What he really wanted to leave behind was any possibly of shoveling his driveway.

"That's the idea, to move down there, get away from the snowstorms, enjoy the warm weather," he explained. "So you put up with the hurricane, so what?"

There was no way in the world Celiann Reyell was about to put up with a hurricane -- not with two little girls and very concerned relatives.

"Well, I was working Thursday and Friday. My grandma called trying to say 'I'm going to buy you a ticket, you’ve got to get out of Orlando,' so we just packed whatever we have," she explained.

For Reyell, the one-week respite allowed some quality bonding time for her children with their grandparents in upstate New York. Quite frankly, she would have stayed longer if the air conditioner repair men hadn't been at her home.

"They came yesterday. That's why my husband bought me a ticket to come today. We have AC, so we are good to go," she declared.

Those travelers said they were delighted to finally get home.


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