Number of people displaced by Hurricane Michael now stabilized

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — On Oct. 10, 2018, residents braced themselves as they prepared for Hurricane Michael.

As the storm tore through parts of the Panhandle, some people headed north.

“That October was just horrific with what it did, but obviously with the displacement of all the different guests and people who lost everything, it awesome we had the ability to take care,” said Gary Dombroski, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

Hotels were packed to capacity during the aftermath of the hurricane. Contractors stayed at the Holiday Inn Express as they commuted back to the Panhandle to began with the recovery process.

“The next few months after, we still had a lot of business from contractors coming down to rebuild,” Dombroski said. “We even had Lowes Company to come down to stay in our rooms.”

Aaron McCreight of Visit Dothan told us the numbers from tourism increased tremendously from last year’s numbers.

“The numbers we are seeing every month are still strong through June,” McCreight said. “We are in the 20 percent range up from this time last year.

However, in terms of the influx we’re seeing from people displaced by the Hurricane Michael, those numbers are now going steady.

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