Finding available hotel rooms difficult after massive power outage

More than half million DTE customers still without power Thursday night

By Jermont Terry - Reporter

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - With no electricity, flashlights and candles are what folks are relying on in this power outage.

"It's unfortunate, yes it is," veteran Floyd Henry Jr. said. "I'd rather stay here with my comrades and just wait it out with them."

At Vets Returning Home, a shelter for homeless veterans in Roseville, the director scrambled, searching for a warm place.

"They're dealing with the same issues," Charlotte Lewis said. "They don't have electricity. They can't take a hot shower. They have to fumble around in the dark at night. I don't have an alternative."

Sandy Bower has been on a the hunt for hotels all day.

"I couldn't even get someone to answer the hotels I've been calling. That's why I drove down here," Bower said.

But like the more than half million DTE customers still without power, they're finding that hotel rooms are a hot commodity.

"I live right up the street in Mt. Clemens. I can't get room in Mt. Clemens, Roseville, nowhere," Charlotte Lewis said.

That's why after driving to three hotels and hours of calling around, Bower and the vets are eating in the dark.

"I finally just gave up. There's not a hotel to be had," Bower said.

"It would have been nice to get a hotel room," Henry said.

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