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Southeast road trip - impact of floods in Louisiana?


Aug 18th, 2016, 07:20 AM
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Southeast road trip - impact of floods in Louisiana?

My husband and I have been planning a three-week road trip through the southeast - flying out from California to New Orleans - and then heading along the gulf coast toward Florida and then northeast to Savannah and Charleston. Then to Asheville and north on the Blue Ridge Hwy to end in Washington DC before flying home. Our start date is September 14.

We have the rental car and the hotel for two night is New Orleans reserved, but there are options to cancel with no penalty. We have, however, a prepaid hotel and flight home from DC, so that part is not negotiable.

I booked our flight from California to NOLA on Southwest, so we could change that without much of an additional cost, if necessary. I did this because we were concerned about the potential for hurricanes in mid September, and we figured if the weather forecast looked bad we could change our start point to Portland, Maine, and do the road trip south from there to DC.

Here's my question - With so many people out of their homes because of flooding, does it seem that travel/hotels/vacation rentals might be impacted in the areas where we will be? I realize we will not be traveling in the areas that are directly impacted. but there are so many people without homes now, I wonder if they might be relocated to other areas for temporary housing. I would really hate to be adding to a problem for people in need of housing, as well as finding little available for us. Our plan is to wait to book most hotels until we are on the road, as we wanted to be as spontaneous as possible.
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Aug 18th, 2016, 09:27 AM
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As you're starting your drive from NOLA, I don't think it will be a problem, even if most of the displaced people have not relocated by the time you get there. Most of the problem appears centered around Baton Rouge and you should be well east of there by the time you stop for the first nite.

BTW--highly recommend the Gulfquest Museum of the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, Ala.
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Aug 18th, 2016, 10:13 AM
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I cannot imagine that mane people being transported to somewhere east of NO for housing; I mean this thing was bad but Katrina it was not.
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