Fairfield evacuated ‘evacuees’ before Harvey
By Norma L. Martinez
The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Aransas Pass had just opened in Jan. 12, 2017, built to category 4 hurricane standards, and by the time Harvey was headed this direction in August 2017, the staff was taking in area residents who did not want to be in their homes in low-lying areas. However, when the call for mandatory evacuation was made, the hotel had to cleared of guests as well as staff, and it was unable to reopen until seven months after the storm. General Manager Ian Hughes said the week of Aug. 21-25, 2017 was business as usual, but with extra reservations with people wanting to move out of RVs and trailers. He said, “We didn’t think anything of it,” as the storm was only projected to be a Category 1 at that point, and they were thinking there would maybe be a lot of rain. He said they were not too worried. By that Thursday Aug. 24, before landfall was expected, the news hit the hurricane was increasing to a Category 2 or 3, quickly followed by a mandatory evacuation order.
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