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Harvey evacuees endure housing restrictions, etc...NO DOGS ALLOWED

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Michele, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Harvey evacuees endure housing restrictions, price gouging and scams on road to safety
    A man returns to rescue his dog who was left in his house after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding.
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 12:14 PM

    There’s no room at the inn — at least not for dogs.

    A Texas family was left outraged after a Holiday Inn refused to let their trio of pups sleep in the hotel room they sought out in an effort to take refuge from the dangerous floods brought on by Hurricane Harvey.

    Gillian and Phillip Parker tucked their pets, their 16-year-old daughter and her 81-year-old grandmother into their car and took off in search of a place to stay Sunday night. After several dead ends and closed streets they managed to find the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Katy, Texas, People reported.

    There was a room available, but they were told their dogs, Arrow, Wiggum and Buttercup, were not welcome in the building.

    “It’s ridiculous and outrageous,” Gillian, 47, told the magazine. “Three exits down the highway, the National Guard is pulling people out of their houses and our dogs can’t come in to safety?”

    Instead the pooches remained in the family car, with each of their owners taking shifts in the vehicle to keep them company.

    Hurricane Harvey lashes Texas as it makes landfall

    The hotel said because the Katy location is a franchise, they’re unable to immediately override the rule.

    The situation reflects the added obstacles for thousands of families who evacuated their homes amid the deadly storm.

    Some evacuees have endured price gouging, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has warned consumers to “be on your guard” for overinflated prices on necessities.

    “We’ve seen water up to $99 — for a case of water,” he told ABC news. “We’ve seen fuel prices up to $20 a gallon. We’ve seen hotels jack prices up sometimes six, seven times what they should be charging from their normal rate.”

    A Cypress Best Buy, one of many companies that have come under fire for upping their prices, recently issued an apology for charging $42 for a case of Dasani water.

    A store representative told Business Insider the pricing was a “big mistake,” adding that Best Buy did not typically sell water. An employee, the spokesperson said, priced it by multiplying the price of a single bottle of water.

    “As a company we are focused on helping, not hurting affected people,” the statement reads. “We’re sorry and it won’t happen again.”

    A Best Western Hotel in Corpus Christi was similarly slammed for tripling its prices during the storm.

    Paxton encouraged consumers to file a complaint in such instances.

    “We’re looking at prices over the last three months,” he said. “And if you’ve increased those prices by more than 10 percent we’re going to look at it.”

    The severe flooding and damage from Hurricane Harvey

    The attorney general added that he’s received more than 500 complaints and 225 emails about such scams and expects plenty more.

    Television Pastor Joel Osteen also drew criticism after the doors of his Houston-area mega-church were initially closed – while other churches, schools and centers opened up to those seeking refuge.

    Residents have been given conflicting orders since before the storm hit.

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday urged the community to shelter in place while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued his own statement telling residents to evacuate and head north — despite no local order to do so.

    Osteen's church didn't take vics because ‘city didn’t ask us'

    The conflicting statements sparked confusion and prompted local officials to back Turner’s decision.


    “Local leaders know best,” Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted.

    But by the weekend, many Houston residents were trapped inside their flooded homes, unable to reach first responders, who were slammed with thousands of calls in the wake of the storm.

    Turner during a press conference defended his decision against issuing an evacuation order ahead of the storm.

    “You literally cannot put 6.5 million people on the road,” Turner said Sunday. “If you think the situation right now is bad, you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare.”

    The first mandatory evacuations in the Houston area were ordered Monday.

    FEMA Administrator Brock Long told USA Today more than 30,000 people could be displaced by the storm, which has continued to slam the Texas region with rain.

  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

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