Chatham Co. evacuees start to head home - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Chatham Co. evacuees start to head home

Source: WFXG Source: WFXG
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Hurricane Matthew has come and gone, and now, residents are ready to assess the damage left behind.

Late Sunday, emergency officials lifted the mandatory evacuation order, giving many Chatham County residents the green light to head home.

Augusta City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson, "Throughout this region, there was a tremendous response in terms of meeting the needs of those who had to come to Augusta for shelter from the storm."

Jackson said the overwhelming number of donations will be sent back to Chatham County to help out the folks who are still without power, or can't access their homes due to uprooted trees and power lines in the roads.

Red Cross officials have assembled evacuation teams to help folks get packed and to assign buses for the trip back home.

Those housed at Josey High School will be the first to head out, leaving Augusta with just over 2,000 coastal visitors left.

"Our self-evacuees shelters where folks drove in themselves, some of them are leaving already," said Fire Chief Chris James.

James said Augusta and Chatham County officials are working to ensure that the city is reimbursed for storm-related expenses.

 "They have reached out to the state to request that Richmond County be included in that declaration so that we can recover some of the funds we have used to assist them in housing and sheltering their citizens," said James.

Officials tell Fox 54 they plan to release folks from the remaining schools starting tomorrow morning.

They anticipate having Chatham County residents in the area through Tuesday.

Copyright 2016 WFXG. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • North Augusta Chamber of Commerce holds 67th annual meeting

    North Augusta Chamber of Commerce holds 67th annual meeting

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:56 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:56:18 GMT
    © North Augusta Chamber of Commerce New Logo (WFXG)© North Augusta Chamber of Commerce New Logo (WFXG)
    North Augusta Chamber of Commerce New Logo (WFXG)North Augusta Chamber of Commerce New Logo (WFXG)

    On Thursday, the community came out to support the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce as they revealed their new brand. The Chamber held its 67th Annual Meeting and banquet at SRP Park.

    More >>

    On Thursday, the community came out to support the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce as they revealed their new brand. The Chamber held its 67th Annual Meeting and banquet at SRP Park.

    More >>
  • Green Meadow residents rally against hale foundation's treatment facility

    Green Meadow residents rally against hale foundation's treatment facility

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:46:06 GMT
    Green Meadow sign protesting Hale Foundation treatment facility (WFXG)Green Meadow sign protesting Hale Foundation treatment facility (WFXG)
    Green Meadow sign protesting Hale Foundation treatment facility (WFXG)Green Meadow sign protesting Hale Foundation treatment facility (WFXG)

    Many people living in a small Augusta community are upset about Hale Foundation putting an In-patient Drug Treatment Center in their neighborhood. Many people living in this community that are against this facility say they have lived here for 20-50 years and they want their quiet neighborhood to remain peaceful.

    More >>

    Many people living in a small Augusta community are upset about Hale Foundation putting an In-patient Drug Treatment Center in their neighborhood. Many people living in this community that are against this facility say they have lived here for 20-50 years and they want their quiet neighborhood to remain peaceful.

    More >>
  • Augusta 706ers have a new logo

    Augusta 706ers have a new logo

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:13 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:13:23 GMT
    Augusta 706ers logo (source: Augusta Pro Sports, LLC / Twitter)Augusta 706ers logo (source: Augusta Pro Sports, LLC / Twitter)
    Augusta 706ers logo (source: Augusta Pro Sports, LLC / Twitter)Augusta 706ers logo (source: Augusta Pro Sports, LLC / Twitter)

    The Augusta 706ers, the city's new ABA basketball team, unveiled the team's new logo Friday, Apr. 20. Augusta Professional Sports, LLC worked with Doug Harris Creative Rooster Design to design the new logo.

    More >>

    The Augusta 706ers, the city's new ABA basketball team, unveiled the team's new logo Friday, Apr. 20. Augusta Professional Sports, LLC worked with Doug Harris Creative Rooster Design to design the new logo.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly