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After Irma, Gov. Scott Wants Evaluation Of Major Evacuation Routes For Emergencies

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Governor Rick Scott wants to find better ways for the public to evacuate, in case of an emergency. He’s ordering an evaluation of the state’s roadways.

In a statement, Scott says many state and local agencies worked very closely together prior to Irma to pull off the largest evacuation in U.S. history.

But, despite those efforts, Florida highways became congested as people tried to evacuate.

So, Scott is now directing the Florida Department of Transportation to examine one of the major evacuation routes: from I-75/Florida Turnpike Interchange near the Villages to the Florida-Georgia border.

The deadline for the report is January of next year.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.