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Elderly evacuees from Harvey say 'goodbye' to Acadiana

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A few weeks ago, we introduced you to a group that evacuated after Hurricane Harvey from an assisted living facility in Orange, Texas.

And now, they're saying 'goodbye' to those who've made Acadiana feel like home, after living at the Hampton Inn in Jennings for the last three weeks.

"This morning we took a lot of pictures, so we said 'we'll see y'all off in the morning' but it's just been amazing, very sad. We teared up a lot this morning and had a lot of hugs," said Carla Alcock, the director of sales at the hotel who has grown to love the temporary residents of her hotel.

The evacuees were all residents of the Sabine Place, an assisted living home in Orange, Texas that flooded.

Now, through hugs and tears, they're packing up and moving to another facility in Bunkie.

"We have met people that have changed our lives and people that have changed our residents' lives. And we're going to forever be connected," said a teary-eyed Lisa Thomas, the activity director for the assisted living place. When she heard that the elderly had been evacuated here, she packed her bags and drove over to take care of them.

"The Hampton Inn employees, the patrons, everyone they've gone out of their way to make sure we feel welcome," she said.

That warm welcome was much needed after the storm.

"It was about 5 in the morning, Thursday, August 31. These people with wheelchairs and walkers and three staff members walked in and were bringing these people that were wet tired and weary and so exhausted and we happened to have availability, thank God," said Alcock.

From strangers to family, it's the southern hospitality that's making this goodbye so hard.

"They've been kind compassionate loving. We've had volunteers that have come every day, sat with the residents play games with them. They just gave us so much," said Thomas.

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