North Macon shelter full, not accepting any more hurricane evacuees

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The North Macon Park shelter for Hurricane Matthew evacuees is at full capacity with more than 160 cots filled with people.

There are also about 12 dogs at the shelter being cared for by Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare and the Atlanta Humane Society.

Charlie Dainels came to Macon in 1989 when he was evacuating Savannah because of Hurricane Hugo. He was back in Macon on Friday, this time because of Matthew.

Dainels says there’s good friendship in the shelter, but everyone is wondering if their homes will weather the storm.

“It restores my faith in humanity, you know, you see so many things wrong in the world and this is right, and it makes you feel cared for and loved by the community and the city,” Dainels said.

The East Macon Recreation Center and Hephzibah Childrens Home are still taking in evacuees. The American Red Cross has plans in place for a fourth shelter to home if those reach capacity.