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Transportation assistance to the Civic Center for Saturday's mandatory evacuation


Starting Saturday morning at 8 a.m. transportation for the general population will begin with buses taking people from the Civic Center to Augusta.

If you don't have another way to leave, shuttles to inland shelters will run from 8 a.m.until 7 p.m., and they start again Sunday morning at 8 a.m. If you need any kind of special assistance, you should get there early.

You're allowed to bring two pieces of luggage per person, and pets in crates. Only domestic animals are allowed, and you need to have their shot records.

Chatham Area Transit will alter fixed bus routes to get people to the Civic center, and rides are free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chatham Emergency Mangement Agency says these buses are only for people without any other way to leave.

"This assembly area is only for people who don't have transportation," said Dennis Jones, Chatham Emergency Management Agency. "Do not drive to the evacuation assembly area. You will not be allowed to register. If you're in a car, plan to go ahead and drive to your destination. We will not allow parking around the civic center."

If you live in Garden City, Pooler or Thunderbolt, there are also evacuation assembly areas in those cities. 

  • Garden City evacuation assistance: There will be two assembly areas for anyone needing transportation out of Chatham County. Anyone who wishes to evacuate must be at one of the following locations no later than 8 a.m. on Saturday:
  1. Garden City Gym/Parks and Recreation Center - 160B Priscilia D. Thomas Way
  2. Progressive Recreation Center - 5321 Ogeechee Road
  • Pooler evacuation assistance: Pooler Recreation Park - 900 South Rogers Street
  • Thunderbolt evacuation assistance: There will be an assembly area for anyone needing transportation to evacuate Chatham County. The assembly will begin at 8 a.m.
  1. Senior Center - 3236 Russell Street

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