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Eastern Shore Hotels Near Capacity

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GRASONVILLE, Md.- Phones were ringing off the hook and there were lines of people checking into Eastern Shore hotels as people were crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in search of a place to stay after last Friday night's severe storms left some without power.

"Everything was booked on that side of the bridge so we decided to come to this side of the bridge," said Karen Smith of Glen Burnie, Md.

"I lost power Friday night and it just became unbearable to stay there with out any air conditioning so I came over here," said John Merritt of Annapolis, Md.

Merritt spent the last two nights in a hotel. He is now on his way back home to Annapolis, hoping his power has returned.

"We were told that hopefully the power will be back on by Tuesday, so I am going to go back to my apartment and see if the power is back on or not," said Merritt.

Marc Lacoste, who is the general manager of the Best Western in Kent Narrows, said business has been booming.

"We're happy to have the business but we'd rather have the business for people that are coming for a good reason, travel, vacation," Lacoste said. "But we are glad we are here to assist them and help out."

Due to a busy week, the Best Western had to turn away more than 100 people, and unlike many other hotels, it accommodates pets as well.

"I think it definItely helps," Lacoste said, adding, 'You definitely see an increase because we do take pets."

Hotels were anticipating a slow week with the Fourth of July landing on a Wednesday but due to power outages, a lot of hotels fared better than usual. Power was restored in Annapolis, but it is going to be a  few more days before electricity returns to the areas surrounding Washington.

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