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Hurricane Rita Evacuees Filling Up Lubbock Hotels

Dozens of local hotels are expecting to fill up with Hurricane Rita evacuees from the Gulf Coast. The Lubbock Hotel/ Motel Association expects a 95% occupancy rate by this weekend. As of Wednesday, September 21, several hotels across Lubbock reported evacuees had already made reservations. Evacuees were expected to check in Thursday.

The Houston area Chamber of Commerce called the Lubbock Hotel/ Motel Association to check on availability so they can refer evacuees to Lubbock. Fort Stockton, New Braunfels and College Station have no vacancy. They've contacted Lubbock hotels to see if they can refer evacuees here.

Reese Center Ready for More Evacuees
Lubbock is ready to house up to 500 Hurricane Rita evacuees. They're gearing up at Reese Center after having learned from the last go-round.

However, almost every room in the city will be full this weekend. Hurricane Katrina survivors are still staying at several Lubbock hotels, and the next two weekends are home football games for Texas Tech. President of the Hotel/ Motel Association, Anthony Garcia, has called dozens of guests with reservations for the next two weekends asking them to give up their room for hurricane evacuees. He said the response has been overwhelming.

"Texans and Lubbockites are very compassionate and understand," said Garcia, "I think they understand in certain situations things are bigger than even Texas Tech football! They've taken in the spirit that I would've expected, nothing less."

Garcia said those who give up their rooms should receive a discounted rate at a later time.

How You Can Help Hurricane Victims
American Red Cross - Salvation Army - NSALA: Animal Rescue
Here is a collection of the different ways you can donate to the victims of Hurricanes.

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