Hotels in Northeast Louisiana still booked after Hurricane Delta

Local hotels and motels stay booked and busy following Delta
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5:24 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Hotels in Northeast Louisiana remain full this week following Hurricane Delta making landfall on Friday.

The hurricane tore through parts of Louisiana leaving some residents without shelter. Hotels and motels are seeing not only an influx of evacuees but also Entergy linemen.

Before big storms arrive they say the first thing they do is get a game plan together. Hotel managers and workers make sure they are all stocked up. That includes having plenty of amenities, linens, and whatever other supplies their guest may need.

Hampton Inn and Suites management says their building and 84 rooms are currently at peak capacity with about 168 people. Most of those people currently occupying the rooms are Entergy linemen. We spoke to management about how they are accommodating their guest and having a full hotel for so long.

“We’re ready. Our staff is ready with all the emergency procedures. Our hotels are ready to accommodate anyone they can. We’re easily accessible for everybody and anybody’s need and we recognize the stress that they may be going through as an evacuee and we do everything we can to be there for them and support them,” said Janice Russ, the hotel’s regional sales and marketing director.

Management said the average stay for evacuees was three to seven days and eight or nine days for linemen.

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