After a close call with Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, Georgia’s ports are up and running again. As of Wednesday morning, the Savannah River Channel was reopened and the ports at Brunswick and Savannah were both operational. Savannah, which hosts the country’s largest single-terminal container facility, had a quick recovery. 8,500 trucks were expected to pass through the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal on Wednesday and that number is expected to grow throughout this week and the next.
Griff Lynch, the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, had this to say:
Georgia’s ports are now fully operational which is a testament to the efforts of countless individuals to ensure our port customers experienced minimal impact. We would like to thank our many service providers, port stakeholders, first responders, GPA employees and Governor Nathan Deal’s Office for working around the clock to bring the ports of Brunswick and Savannah back online so quickly.
So kudos to the Georgia Ports Authority for patching things up in a timely manner. When Hurricane Matthew hit the Georgia Coast, it was a Category Two storm. Three Georgians were killed, hundreds lost power, and some coastal cities experienced record flooding. For now, the worst seems to be behind us as the tens of thousands of evacuees began to return home on Monday.
The speedy return of the Georgia ports will surely facilitate a much smoother return to normalcy than would be expected after a storm of this magnitude hits. The GPA employees who were back on the job the day after the storm hit deserve our praise as does the U.S. Coast Guard for its diligent work in repairing the channel.
Also give some love to this furry little guy. His name is Toby and he was tied up to a house in Brunswick throughout the storm. He survived the hurricane and has since been adopted by a local family. His vet bill is pretty expensive though. If you can spare a dime, here’s a link to his GoFundMe page.