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College student mans Beaumont hotel alone for 32 hours during flood

Guests call him a hero
Posted at 9:37 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 22:37:31-04

When Satchel Smith's father dropped him off for his shift at Homewood Suites in Beaumont, Texas, he expected the day to be like any other: He'd start at 3 p.m. and leave around 11 p.m. that night, CNN reports.

That was until Tropical Storm-turned-Depression Imelda unleashed torrential flooding that trapped him and 90 other guests inside the hotel.For 32 hours, beginning Wednesday afternoon, the 21-year-old was the hotel's only employee. But to the guests who relied on him for nearly two days, he's a hero.Angela Chandler, a hotel guest, praised Smith's composure in a post on Facebook, where it's been shared more than 13,000 times. While flooded roads kept his co-workers from getting to work, she wrote, Smith served guests alone, CNN reports.

Here's Chandler's Facebook post:

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