An elderly man was forced to sleep in his car at a truck stop due to lack of space in some hotels in Southeast Texas.
ORANGE, Texas – Traffic safety was done Saturday night on Interstate 10 as Louisiana evacuees drove safely, but when some finally arrived in Texas, they could not find a place to stay.
Louisiana residents evacuated Texas for safety in the face of Hurricane Ida. However, hotels throughout the area have been fully booked for days and have had to divert evacuees due to maximum capacity.
“Last night there was this man, this old man, who came in and, you know, he’s not really up to date with smartphones and what not. I didn’t know where he was. I just wanted a hotel, “said Nicole Aymond, a receptionist at the Holiday Inn in Orange.” We tried to call. We couldn’t even find a hotel in Houston. They were all booked, so we just had to stop and sleeping at a truck stop ”.
The entire parking lot of the Orange Holiday Inn was full of Louisiana cars.
“It was very sad,” Aymond said. “We tried for an hour trying to find a hotel. People crying on the phone. Babies screaming in the background. People who come in ruined, desperate calls to stay and, I mean, we can’t let them sleep in the lobby. “
While booking hotels, evacuees can seek refuge in the orange church of God located at 1911 N. 16th Street.
Willie Matherne, a resident of Metairie, Louisiana who has shared reports of major structural damage in these areas, was able to find refuge at the Orange Holiday Inn.
“Well, the biggest concern right now is how much damage I’ll have in my house,” Matherne said. “I live alone, so it makes it hard. I have to hire someone to do it or have friends come over to do it.”
Matherne, like many other evacuees, went to Orange because she had a family living there and, because of the road east of the hurricane, she said.
The common fear that all evacuees seem to share is seeing the devastating damage they can return to when they finally return home. Some evacuees are worried about storm-related damage due to their lack of insurance.
“I live on more than a month’s salary, so I don’t have any insurance in my home,” said Pearl Rogers, a resident of Bourg, Louisiana.
Others are unsure of how to repair their homes and others think of loved ones who were left behind to help them.
“The weather doesn’t bother me much, just the water,” said Brian Hebert, Dularge, a Louisiana resident. “That’s my main concern right now it’s just water.”
Others are concerned about how the pandemic will make repairs nearly impossible.
“You know, it’s been wrong with the pandemic and everything to get contractors to do anything,” said Darryl Martin, a resident of Destrehan, Louisiana. you have the ability to carry them out. “
The evacuees said all they can do is cross their fingers and hope the damage Hurricane Ida caused in Louisiana is not too bad.