Evacuee flees hurricane's wrath; gets towed in Fort Worth

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 1:26 AM

FORT WORTH — A New Orleans man evacuated his home and drove 544 miles to steer clear of  Hurricane Isaac, but when he finally got to Fort Worth, his car was towed away.

Tony Reff said he had parked his car at the Park Place Apartments in the 1600 block of Homedale Drive in Fort Worth.

“I don’t have anything; I don’t have a thing," Reff said Wednesday. "I leave one trauma and then turn around and here’s another one."

The 20-year-old had traveled 10 hours from New Orleans to his sister’s apartment in Fort Worth. A manager at the complex on the city’s east side said a temporary parking permit his sister had given Reff was not filled out correctly. His car was towed away with most of his belongings inside.

To get the car back, he has to pay the towing company nearly $300 dollars, money the the evacuee says he doesn’t have.

“Pretty much it’s out of my hands," Reff said. "There’s nothing I can actually do right now. So being upset and crying and being real animated about... I’ve just kind of been down on it."

The apartment management agreed to reimburse Reff for half of his unexpected towing expense. But that's not what he had in mind when he hit the road on Tuesday.

“Honestly, if it comes down to it, I would rather just go ahead and stay home and stick out a storm, versus having my things taken away.”

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com

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