Hurricane Florence evacuees visit B’ham attractions

Evacuees taking in attractions

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Evacuees from now Tropical Storm Florence are in Birmingham and looking into local attractions as a diversion to the potential threat to their homes.

Donell Green and some of his seven children took in the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Museum. Green, who is from Birmingham and has family here, is an evacuee from Buford, S.C. Green wanted his children to come to the institute to understand the meaning and importance of the civil rights movement.

“It’s now about the kids growing up, making sure they see. I wanted to make sure they got the hands on versus really close up,” Green said.

The Civil Rights Institute has seen some evacuees come to visit during their state. So has the 16th Street Baptist Church. The McWane Center and the Birmingham Zoo say evacuees have been coming. There aren’t a lot of evacuees, but they are looking for entertainment.

Watching Florence can be unsettling, but Green said he putting his trust in a higher power.

“I’m a firm believer in God and that He is in control. When I see it. I’m more relaxed and comfortable it’s God’s will,” Green said.

Green is looking to go home with his children. So far he is hearing good news.

“From my understanding, everything is beautiful. I can’t say what is going to take place tomorrow or the day after, but my understanding we haven’t had any damage at all,” Green said.

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