Hotels & Motels Fill Up With Stranded Travelers


A warm place to stay and a hot meal -- that's why people were filing into the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown.

"We've been inundated," hotel manager Jody Pettit said. "We had two servers this evening and we've done probably over 200 dinners for them, and they're exhausted."

"We're getting down to the end of the line here with just a couple more reservations," Pettit said.

The hotel is completely booked. Many are travelers whose trips were cut short by the storm.

Cole Robinson and his family flew into the Syracuse airport and are trying to get home to Ottawa, but the roads were so bad, they had to stop and get a hotel room.

"We drove all the way from the airport here on back roads and it was crazy," Robinson said, "like you couldn't even see in front of you."

It's a similar story for other travelers.

"I've been up to Canton-Potsdam and it wasn't as bad," Bob Eisenhart said, "but as soon as you get into the area here in Watertown, that's where you're having the problems."

Like many places, the hotel itself has had some issues with the snow and bitter temperatures.

"It's been scary," Pettit said. "We've had pipes burst. We've had our problems, but we pull up our big-girl pants and keep moving and do what we can do."
Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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