Local hotels see uptick of guests seeking refuge from winter storm

For the past few days, local hotels have become temporary homes for so many as they wait for their power to come back.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: Mar. 1, 2019 6:47 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- For the past few days, local hotels have become temporary homes for many residents waiting for their power to come back.

Springfield resident Ryan Shepherd lives minutes away from the Holiday Inn in Springfield, but he said when his power went out Sunday night, he knew he wanted to stay elsewhere.

"My first thought was I have to get close to my job," Shepherd said.

He said he's been staying at hotels in the area since Sunday night and walking to and from his job.

"My car will not get out where it's stuck at," he said.

Fall Creek resident Shari Stewart also said she lost her power Sunday night, which affected her Wi-Fi. She also made her way to the Springfield Holiday Inn in search of a place to sleep and Wi-Fi to get her work done.

"I work from home and without power and internet and the cell service is so overworked I believe," she said. "I finally said yesterday, I need to get going and get my work done."

Stewart and Shepherd said they both needed to stay at the hotel to go on with their lives business as usual but both told KEZI 9 News they long to go home.

"I have a 4 year old," Shepherd said. "I have a wife. It's killer."

"The Fall Creek-Lowell community is just amazing," Stewart said. "I've teared up several times ... just the family and comradery of our neighbors are incredible."

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