“IN ATTIC HELP!” Cantonement couple survives Sally, however will get trapped of their attic

CANTONMENT, Fla. (CBS NEWSPATH) – The fire and rescue vehicles continued to drive past their home even after Elaine Hulgan, 76, wrote “IN ATTIC HELP” on the front door, causing Hulgan’s 84-year-old husband to resort to his best emergency signal: a deafening whistle.

The noise rose above the din and a fireman on a jet ski soon rescued the couple and their two dogs from the front stairs of their brick house.

The Florida couple were trapped in their home after Hurricane Sally trampled ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, with winds of 165 mph on Wednesday morning. At least one death has been attributed to the storm.

Now comes the hard part for Elaine and Jack Hulgan – filing insurance claims, dealing with two flooded cars, finding temporary shelter, and waiting to get home.

The Hulgans, who have lived in a flood-prone neighborhood north of Pensacola since 1993, know what to do during a major storm, having previously been flooded twice and forced into the attic once.

Elaine Hulgan said they weren’t sure where to live while their home was being repaired, but they were also grateful to be alive.

“(Jack) said everything would be fine and it was,” she said.

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