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Richmond County prepping for thousands of evacuees from Chatham Co.

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The CSRA is expecting thousands of people from Georgia and Florida to take over local hotels as they run from Irma.

As the destruction of Hurricane Irma ripped apart hundreds of homes in the Caribbean, some are fearing the worse as its eyes are set for the Garden City. 

"We're bracing for probably the worse hurricane that has ever hit in recent time," says Augusta Fire Chief, Chris James.

But as the city is gearing up to make sure everyone is safe, it's also preparing for the thousands of people outside of Augusta coming to take shelter.

"We will all need resources to be able to support citizens and get through Hurricane Irma as well," says Executive Director of the Augusta Red Cross, Susan Everitt.

Last year the city experienced Hurricane Matthew which It saw more than 5000 evacuees from Chatham County. "There are a lot of things that took place in Matthew that we will be applying in this particular evacuation and sheltering," explains James. 

The city has an agreement in place with Chatham County to house 3,000 evacuees, but Fire Chief Chris James expects that number to rise. 

Currently there are 8 shelters that's expected to house those evacuees and 3 local shelters. But the preparations don't stop there. James expects more than 1500 city employees to help while these Chatham County refugees are here. And with the Red Cross ordering 2400 more cots, he hope's it's more than enough.

Chief James says in the coming days he'll put out the list of shelter locations for local evacuees.

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