Hurricane evacuees in Central Georgia preparing to head home

Bibb County officials say three shelters in Macon will remain open until it's safe for Hurricane Matthew evacuees to head home.

Governor Nathan Deal lifted the mandatory evacuation order for six coastal counties, but Chatham County EMA is urging residents to wait until Monday morning to go home due to damage.

Our Madison Cavalchire spoke to evacuees in Macon to find out when they're planning on heading home.

Shaun Milton says he and his nine family members left their home in Savannah on Thursday.

"I have seen pictures and I have never seen that city like that," said Milton. "Never, never."

Even though Governor Deal lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Chatham County, Milton says he's not taking any chances.

"I'm thinking of leaving Monday at the minimum," said Milton.

Shaleah Frazier and her ten family members came from Savannah to stay at the Red Cross shelter at North Macon Park.

"My daddy's grill got swept to the bottom of the street, but our home is fine," said Frazier. "Thank God."

Frazier says her family is planning to leave Macon on Monday morning.

Over at the shelter at East Macon Park, Carlton Robinson says he's not going back to Jacksonville, Florida, until he has power and water.

"I've been hearing that the wind was blowing real fast and turning trees over that were really thick in the ground," said Robinson.

Rose Simmons says even though she's able to head back to Savannah now, she's taking the Chatham County EMA's advice and going home Monday.

"We're safe here, and at least we can take a shower, eat good, and eat nice meals," said Simmons.

Bibb County says 300 to 400 evacuees remain at three shelters on Sunday night.

The county says it closed the shelter at the Macon City Auditorium, and transferred the 11 evacuees that were there to the shelter at North Macon Park. Shelters at North Macon Park, East Macon Park, and Hephzibah Children's Home remain open.


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