Hurricane Harvey evacuees come to Abilene

As Hurricane Harvey continues to bring rain and flooding, people in affected areas are temporarily migrating north, some are even coming to stay in Abilene according to local hotel chains.

"We've actually seen an uptick of people coming from the Houston area basically looking to see if they can get out of the storm," commented James Quinlan, the general manager of the Hampton Inn along I-20.

"The calls we have been getting have been coming from New Braunfels, San Antonio area, and Corpus Christi," continued Brenda Grist, dual sales manager for the Courtyard Marriott.

Additionally, several escaping Harvey are staying at the Abilene State Park, two families arrived early Friday morning.

"And we have several who have called today, so as it stands today, we have about 25 people," Tracy Mays, assistant superintendent of the Abilene State Park, continued.

The park is offering free camping spaces to those displaced and is partnering with Salvation Army to provide food and water also.

"My initial reaction was to make sure that they were welcome and not scared and to make sure they had everything they  needed and that includes food and hygiene products," Mays went on.

For all those coming up to Abilene, the state park hopes to bring a sense of comfort in a hard time.

"Especially with the kids. They are being taken away from what's familiar to them. It's a comfort to have a friendly face and the comforts of home," finished Mays.

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