Hurricane Harvey evacuees are experiencing generosity from Tyler hotels while they are in town.

According to the City of Tyler there are currently around 650 evacuees from the storm ravaged area of the Texas gulf coast seeking temporary refuge here in East Texas with more expected to arrive throughout the week. A press release from Visit Tyler, the Tyler Lodging Association and the City of Tyler says there is availability at almost all of the hotels this week and many of them are waiving certain restrictions that they normally have on rooms, mainly pet restrictions. Many properties are allowing evacuees check in with their pets.

The State of Texas has also waived all hotel/motel taxes for those fleeing the flooding and devastation. The hotel owners and managers are finding ways to make their stay as comfortable as possible while they wait on news on when they can return to their homes.

"Our hearts go out to all of the victims of the hurricane," said Shari Lee, General Manager of Visit Tyler. "We want to make sure that we are taking good care of the people who have come to Tyler to find safe haven."

These businesses along with Visit Tyler are also offering up a list of free or discounted activities, services, entertainment and meals to those that are calling East Texas home temporarily.

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