Hurricane Matthew evacuees returning home

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Hurricane Matthew’s evacuees are headed back home.

The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center is the staging ground for their return. It’s also a temporary shelter for those who can’t make it home, or even who can’t stay in their homes due to hurricane damage.

Nearly 2200 people from Savannah were evacuated to Augusta. The first wave of evacuees made it back around 1 o’clock Monday afternoon. Richmond County Schools lent its fleet of school buses, teaming up with Savannah Chatham County Schools to return those who evacuated.

CAT buses are running every 30 minutes to transport folk from the Trade & Convention Center back to the Civic Center. The city is outlining which CAT routes are clear of debris, so people can be taken back home. Most who made the trip to and from Augusta say the evacuation was pretty smooth.

“I thought they treated us  had a very nice. They had a very nice welcome for us,” says Angel Deberry of Savannah.

“But I didn’t expect even a cot. But they treated us real well,” says Craig Rupert.

The Red Cross is on hand to help with shelter operations and recovery.

The last of the evacuees to be back in Savannah late Monday night. There has not yet been a decision on how long this Hurricane Shelter will remain open.

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