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Homeless camp set to be demolished

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The deadline is here, and in less than 24 hours, people living in a homeless camp near the intersection of President Street and General McIntosh will have to relocate.

This comes ahead of two major drainage initiatives that will change the face of President Street and fix drainage problems in the surrounding area.

Crews already have a dumpster in place for the cleanup that will begin on Saturday in preparation for the project.

Walking through the area known as Camp 7, for the seven camps located there, several trash cans were filled to the rim with garbage and tents and debris were scattered all around.

Since June, the City of Savannah, the Chatham-Savannah Authority and police have been working with the 92 camp residents to either move them into a shelter or help relocate them.

On Saturday, the authority will be here to help any campers who may be left behind, then cleanup will begin.

"These people are going from outside living in weeds to inside in a safe, comfortable shelter where there is air and safety," said City of Savannah's Bret Bell. "That is an upside to this process. A third to half of those residents, they found shelter for. There is a portion that do not want to live in a shelter. They prefer living outside of there are those whose lifestyle choices that don't allow them into the shelter. They won't get treatment for drugs or alcohol."

The Chatham-Savannah Authority, along with workers with the Savannah Impact Program, will be there at 8 a.m. on Saturday to begin initial cleanup. Then, 100 volunteers are expected to arrive to help clear the trash that has built up over the years.

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