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City expects shelters for Chatham Co. filled to capacity due to Hurricane Irma

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Thousands are planning to evacuate to Augusta to escape any damage that's coming from Hurricane Irma. But with the recent shift in the Hurricane's track, what kind of impact will that have on the city's preparations? 

The city says it's still prepping the same way by keeping all of the shelters open. There's no way to tell exactly how many people will eventually show up here this weekend. But the city is expecting hundreds, even thousands to be bused in from coastal Chatham County. 

Augusta Officials say last year they saw around 5,000 evacuees from Chatham County here getting away from Hurricane Matthew. This year the city has an agreement to shelter 3,000 but the EMA Director says he expects that number to rise. There are 8 shelters here in the C-S-R-A that will house those evacuees.

The Mayor believes Hurricane Matthew has prepared the city for hurricane Irma. 

"We had a test run last year, this is Hurricane 2.0 for us. I think when you look at the efforts of the collective community, It wasn't just Augusta that stood up last year. We had our neighbors from surrounding counties step up and say we're going to help and support those efforts," says Mayor Davis. 

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