East Texas is now home to evacuees as Hurricane Laura moves in

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Updated: Aug. 26, 2020 at 4:01 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - As Hurricane Laura makes its way to the coast, many hotels in East Texas are reaching capacity.

Hurricane Laura is displacing thousands of Texans to relocate to hotels across East Texas. Beaumont resident and evacuee, Elizabeth Richard made her way to Tyler and she explains the reasoning behind getting her family out of harm’s way.

“It was important to get me and my family out because some people are not supposed to be so lucky to get out, they’re going to have to get rescued, so i wanted my family together,” Richard said.

While we can’t predict the damage the storm will bring, Beaumont resident and evacuee, Kevin Richard explains what all he’s leaving behind.

“I have a car but those things are material,” Kevin Richard said. “It’s more safety for me and my family. That can be replaced but you cant replace a life.”

Tyler native and now Beaumont resident, Carmen Doverspike, describes how she feels to relocate due to the storm.

“I’m definitely grateful to be here, I’m nervous,” Doverspike said. “I’ve never been through a hurricane. I’ve been through Harvey and Imelda which was more flooding.”

As hotels across the area are being booked, La Quinta hospitality clerk in Lindale, Melissa Grubb describes the capacity situation.

“It’s at least 90 percent full of evacuees and their families and their pets,” Grubb said.

Officials overlooking Tyler hotels explain that an estimate of 3,000 evacuees are staying in Tyler hotels.

Many hotels in Lindale, Jacksonville, Tyler are sold out

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