Joplin tornado survivors keep area hotels at capacity

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 9:52 a.m. CDT; updated 3:47 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 28, 2011

JOPLIN — Joplin-area hotels remain at capacity more than a month after a massive tornado destroyed 8,000 homes and more than 500 businesses.

KOAM-TV reports demand for hotel rooms is four times greater than what the hotel district offers. Residence Inn manager Pete Hall said 90 percent to 95 percent of the guests at his hotel are storm victims.

Hall said his hotel is allowing families staying there to have their pets with them, with some restrictions.

The death toll from the May 22 EF-5 tornado stands at 156, making it the deadliest U.S. twister in 60 years.

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