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Hub hotel rooms, rentals harder to find after tornado

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Most of Hattiesburg's 2,500 hotel rooms have been filled since the Feb. 10 tornado. Most of Hattiesburg's 2,500 hotel rooms have been filled since the Feb. 10 tornado.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The large influx of relief workers combined with the dozens of displaced families needing temporary housing after the Feb. 10 tornado has led to a shortage of hotel rooms in Hattiesburg. 

Visit Hattiesburg says most of the 2,500 rooms in the Hub City are filled and while finding an individual room 11 days after the storm is getting easier, locating blocks of rooms for major events will be very difficult for awhile.

"We're looking at probably a 60 day window before we really feel a little bit of relief in the hotel industry from the impact of the tornado," said Kristie Fairley, deputy director of Visit Hattiesburg.

Rental housing might be a bit easier to find for now, but some realtors say that might not be the case for long.  

"If some of these victims find something they like, I wouldn't recommend thinking about it for a day or two," said Andy Stetelman, of London-Stetelman Commercial Realtors. "I'd make a decision on it pretty fast because some of these houses will disappear pretty fast," he said.  

Meanwhile, FEMA representatives are in town offering temporary rental assistance for both homeowners and renters affected by the storm.    

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