The owner of a Louisiana hotel that’s been inundated with hurricane-related damage is hoping to put the tourists back inside by the end of the year.
“I think we can do it.
We’re going to have our doors open.
We will be open in January,” John F. Kelly Jr. told ABC News on Tuesday.
The hotel in Orleans Parish is located in the middle of a massive levee breach that’s made life miserable for thousands of people.
The surge of water that washed over the hotel last week has already caused significant damage to some of the buildings and has forced residents to evacuate.
The hotel owner, who has a long history of rebuilding Louisiana’s tourist industry, is planning to reopen after the hurricane.
“This is going to be a great time for the hotel,” he said.
“I think there will be a lot of new people coming into the city because it’s going to take the pressure off.”
The hotel has been flooded and is now in the process of being rebuilt.
It will be the third hotel in the area to be hit by Irma and is one of several in the state that has been ravaged by the storm.