COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Local hotels are working on a plan that will allow them to continue housing Harvey evacuees as Texas A&M fans arrive for Saturday's home game.
Area hotels will be filling up this weekend for the Aggies' first home game of the season, and there are questions on how that might impact evacuees who have fled to the Bryan-College station area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Marissa Maguire is the General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn in College Station and serves on the board for the Brazos Valley Lodging Association.
"We saw a pretty big influx of evacuees initially. A majority of those evacuees have been able to transition back closer to home, to another hotel, or get back into their homes," Maguire said.
"Now we've kind of seen a second wave of people which is mostly first responders or disaster response teams," she added.
With football fans coming to town, there is concern that evacuees might be displaced but Maguire is optimistic that that won't happen.
"With the way that the conference schedule worked out, the lower demand games that we start off with, have allowed more available occupancy to help accommodate some of these groups," she said.
The lodging association said that their hotels are waving cancellation fees. Hotel rooms are traditionally filled on a first come, first served basis.
Maguire said there are still rooms available for evacuees this weekend.
"Certainly it's a sad set of circumstances as to why they're here, but fortunately, I think the hotels have done a really good job of communicating internally within our lodging association to see what hotels in the area have availability," said Maguire.
The local lodging association suggests evacuees contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Experience Bryan / College Station if they are having trouble finding a room in town.
Their phone numbers are: (979) 260-9898 and (800) 777-8292.