Schools reopening in beach town hit by Hurricane Sally

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Public schools were reopening Monday in an Alabama beach town for the first time since Hurricane Sally made landfall there nearly two weeks ago.

Gulf Shores city schools resumed classes two days ahead of schools in surrounding Baldwin County, located on the eastern side of Mobile Bay.

A social media message by Superintendent Matt Akin said most issues at the system’s schools had been repaired, but officials know some families are still coping with storm cleanup. Students can be excused because of hurricane-related absences, he said.

Sally caused extensive damage when it blew ashore at Gulf Shores as a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 16. The coast received nearly 30 inches of rain, forecasters said, and winds toppled trees and knocked our power throughout the city.

Storm survivors in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties have been approved for more than $11 million in federal disaster aid from the storm, Gov. Kay Ivey's office said Monday. About $9 million went for home repairs or temporary housing, according to a statement, and about $2 million went for child care, medical expenses, moving and storage.