Hotels force evacuees to honor match-day reservations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Before Hurricane Ida ravaged parts of Louisiana, local hotels like Wyndham Garden were busy reserving rooms for this weekend’s home game at FSU. While some evacuees may not have planned where to go next, they tell ABC27 they must be out by Friday.

We spoke with Randell Griffin shortly after his family of 15+ fled to Tallahassee. They then told hotel staff, “We don’t know how long we’re going to be here,” Griffin said.

This is a question that is being answered now as they are told to pack their bags to make room for game day guests.

“I feel like they’re pushing us out a bit. So it’s like they don’t really want us to stay here,” Griffin said.

While Billie Dolce has had a different experience with hotel management, the Griffins are certainly not the only ones who have to leave.

“We have to move by Friday because of the big game,” Dolce said. “But we asked [a manager] if we could come back, and she made it very easy for us to come back, and even have our same room, so we’ll be back on Tuesday. “

We contacted the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross. Even they say they are limited in how they can help.

“Some of the other states, their governors and emergency managers have said yes, we’ll open shelters, but ours won’t,” said Executive Director Sharon Tyler.

Instead, they are doing what they can to help as close as possible to the heart of the disaster.

“We encourage people to come closer to their homes like Louisiana or Mississippi,” Tyler said.

Tyler adds that they may be able to offer additional support for those without transportation. The nearest Red Cross open shelter is about a 3-hour drive in Mobile, Alabama.

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