Savannah Historic District looks to rebound in the wake of Irma

Congressman Buddy Carter and State Representative Carl Gilliard take measures in Coastal Georgia relief effort (Credit: Robert Catanese)

In the wake of Tropical Storm Irma, which battered the Coastal Empire, Savannah’s Historic District is looking to bounce back from its wrath.

Glenn Anderson is the General Manager for the River Street Inn. He stayed at the inn during the storm.

“We were very worried about the Savannah River coming up to join us. We had a very treacherous time there for a few minutes,” said Anderson.

Anderson says the inn had very little damage from the storm and he is looking forward to seeing more guests enjoying Savannah.

“We opened today and we have at least 20 customers checking in."

Tyler and Annie Barnes rode out the storm at their home in Savannah, they say they were prepared.

“We were good on food and water, our electric just came on today,” said Tyler.

For Broughton Street business owner Joe Dabit, he said he had his concerns as he rode out the storm in his home here in Savannah.

“It was a lot of wind and rain--the only thing I was worried about is the water coming in my house,” said Dabit.

On River Street, Tubby’s restaurant was open today. Jacob Sumner is the restaurant's manager.

“We are ready to go. We should be back up running 100 percent tomorrow, but right now we do have our limited menu,” said Sumner.

Fox 28 spoke with Congressman Buddy Carter and State Representative Carl Gilliard to get both a federal and state perspective on Irma relief for folks in the Coastal Empire.

“FEMA is here, they have been here since the emergency declaration signed by the president last week and they will continue to be here. Our office is going to be assisting in helping people get the needs and help they need,” said Carter.

Representative Carl Gilliard is gearing up to help folks locally at three different locations in Savannah, especially those looking for hot meals and supplies.

“Kingdom Life Ministries on Montgomery Cross Roads--we have the Habersham Street YMCA and Garden City Recreation Center where we will have opportunities if needed for people to get hot meals,” said Gilliard.

Gilliard also said dry goods donations can be dropped off starting tomorrow at the Groves High School Annex, and he is planning on hot meal availability starting Thursday, Sept. 14.

Congressman Buddy Carter has provided storm resource information at

For those living in his southern district, the number is 912-265-9010. For those living in the northern district, it's 912-352-0101.

The River Street Inn is offering a discounted rate for those Savannahians who are still without power. The number for the Inn is 912-234-6400.