Augusta deals with people, pets, as number of evacuees grow


AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Patricia Bowen evacuated from Savannah with her two cats but without her husband of 42 years…

‘My husband passed away 18 months ago it’s the first time I’ve been without him evacuating and I’m scared,” said the Garden City Georgia resident.

Bowen one of about 400 bused from Savannah on Friday who are sheltering at Richmond Academy.

At Glenn Hills high more than two hundred evacuees arrived at around midnight but there were complaints by some of no food and water,  State Rep Brian Prince a Glenn Hills Alum was at the school  saying  the earlier problems were being addressed.

“We’re doing the best we can gain this is just one of those things we have to reach out and we’re helping others at the end of the day you’re not going to please everyone but you’re doing what’s right,” said Prince.

Things were alright with Meri King who was sheltering at Josey High School

“Everybody has been really helpful everybody been really nice I’m handicapped so they’ve been very helpful making sure I got something to eat and all this other stuff I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said King.

Under its Chatham County deal Augusta agrees to shelter evacuees pets, at Richmond Animal Services  came and picked up Diana Gavens dog.,

“Is that Okay with you?

“Yes because I know I’ll be getting them back yep,” said Gavens.

Patricia Bowen will get her two cats back to but letting them go was really hard.

“You had to evacuate without you husband and now without your cats.

“It will be Okay, she said through tears.

Destructive and disruptive Hurricane can be heartbreaking some of the evacuees I talked to expected to go home Saturday but that’s up to Matthew in Augusta George Eskola WJBF.

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