by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2017

According to news reports, Jill Renick, spa manager at the Omni Hotel Houston, is missing. She was last heard from on Sunday when she became stuck in an elevator at the hotel as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath continued to rise. The Houston Chronicle reported her car and her dog were found outside, and that Renick had called 911, but the elevator has been searched and she still has not been found.

In a statement, Omni Hotels said, "We regret to confirm that amid rapidly rising flood waters at the Omni Houston Hotel near the Galleria, our associate Jill Renick went missing and remains unaccounted for. When we determined Jill was missing, we immediately contacted emergency responders to request assistance in locating her. We also launched our own search of areas of the property we could still safely access despite the rising flood waters. The Houston Police Department is now handling the search efforts at the property. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our associate's family during this difficult time."
 
The property's website says the hotel currently is closed with no reopening date. The company's other area hotel, the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, is closed until Sept. 30.
 
The brand-new Marriott Marquis Houston, according to the Chronicle, is up and running, and housing more than just emergency workers. The paper reports that the Calpine Corp., a Houston-based merchant power company, has moved part of its trading floor to the hotel along with employees and their families. The neighboring Hilton Americas also now is home to emergency workers, FEMA officials and Red Cross volunteers. Both properties are across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is sheltering about 10,000 evacuees.
 
The weather in Houston today is partly cloudy, with a high of 88 degrees, and the next few days are mostly clear, allowing waters to recede further.