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Local hotels filling up fast due to evacuations

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many of the people evacuating from Virginia's and North Carolina's coasts are heading to Central Virginia -- and hotels here are filling up fast.

"I have my husband and 2 sons with me. We're coming from Newport News," said Ann Reeves.

Nancy Ebner's vacation took a detour from the Outer Banks.

"It was kind of a pain, because we had to pack up our stuff but at least we had somewhere to go and we're going to stay here and hopefully head back to the beach," said Ebner.

Mandatory evacuations were issued all along the coast.

"First we didn't think much of it, then cops kept coming up and down the street making everybody leave," said Josh Sharp.

"They told us that we had to leave by 5 yesterday," said Barbara Curilla.

Hotels here stayed busy, welcoming a boost in last minute reservations.

"It can be quite busy at time, the phones have not stopped ringing," said Mary Wells, Manager at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Richmond.

"It's just been really, really hectic, calls have been coming in right after another booking all the rooms up," said Hampton Inn Glenside Manager, Yen Thoi.

All that's left to do, is to wait it out.

"I'm hoping I don't have to finish all my beer here, I'm hoping to be on the beach by Sunday," said Austin Kinder.

"I'm nervous, but we're safe and we're having a good time and we're all together," said Curilla.

"I'm crossing my fingers praying so hopefully once we get back we have a house to go to," said Reeves.

If you know someone coming in from the coast or just out of town in need of a hotel room, best thing to do is call 1-888-RICHMOND (1-888-742-6663).

That's the number to the Richmond Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. They're working 24 hours, to help people find hotel rooms.

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