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Augusta shelters empty out as evacuees return home

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

After four days away from home, almost all of the Chatham County evacuees stationed in Augusta are headed back.

Now, officials here are cleaning up to get things back to normal.

One small pile of donations grew into this massive overflow  from folks who wanted help flood victims any way they could.

Mayor Hardie Davis said although city officials had to spring into action pretty quickly after an influx of 2500 Chatham County residents came into town, he couldn't be more pleased with the response from top officials, on down to residents.

Davis said, "Today is a day we can all look back on as Augusta's finest hour."

With all 12 evacuation shelters now cleared, Augusta's environmental services department will make sure these donations follow Chatham County residents to post-impact shelters.

"It takes all of us to make something like this happen," said city administrator Janice Allen Jackson.

Fire Chief Chris James said Jackson is right about that!

"How this evacuation was going to take place has been discussed the past three years in a row with all of the partners that were going to be involved," said James.

From the Red Cross facilitating the shelters shelters, to the fire department coming in to clean, James said this was a great example of a strong partnership between two cities at work.

"The school system will take a day or so before they let the students go back to school to make sure they have them cleaned, sanitized and ready hopefully by Wednesday," said James.

Since Augusta was not in the area declared as a disaster zone, officials say Chatham County will petition to have the city reimbursed for costs associated with the evacuation.

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