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Heavy post-evacuation traffic continues on I-10 eastbound

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Mobile police predict similar traffic conditions will continue through Friday (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter) Mobile police predict similar traffic conditions will continue through Friday (Photo: Asha Staples, Reporter)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Mobile has seen a lot of congestion on the road within the last week. First, the evacuation of Floridians heading west and now, the reverse flow of vehicles back on the roads heading east, back home. 

"Aw yeah it's crazy. We're headed back from New Orleans and it's been traffic the whole way," Steven Martinez from Tampa said.

Martinez and his family are just one of thousands on the road headed back to Florida. 

"I mean, I like to have a little vacation but the stress is really bad. The traffic is horrible, like really bad. And I know when we get Florida it's going to be insane," he said.

"It's just hard. It's bumper to bumper. You can't move, you're just sitting there, they're cutting you off and being impatient so it's just hard sitting there," Irenn Martinez said.

Irenn says it's also hard just sitting not know what they're going home to after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc through their state.

"It's devastating. It's just nerve wrecking knowing that we could be sitting in traffic and going home to nothing!" she said.

"Yeah, we're worried about the house, worry that everything is okay," Clayton Drinkard said.

Despite the unknown, all hands are on deck for our local law enforcement and road crews to make sure traffic flows as smooth as possible through the port city for the next few days.

"There's probably about two dozen police officers from Mobile that are assigned to assist motors, as far as getting them off the roadway. You are seeing some commercial traffic being diverted around the Africatown bridge. We do have some officers that are assisting with getting those truckers back onto the interstate on the other side of the tunnel, at the same time trying to pull that traffic through," Public Safety Director James Barber explained.

Barber says local drivers can expect to see a lot of relief efforts on the roads: utility trucks going to help with the millions who lost power and tractor trailers full of storm supplies for survivors. He also says drivers should expect these type of traffic conditions to last for at least the next three days.

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