I'm a bit puzzled by a news item I was just reading about the Perth-Andover floods.
The Red Cross has arranged accommodation with a motel and the owner is complaining about not having been paid yet, saying her business is in danger of going under.
The first thing that occurred was had there been no flooding, she'd not have all these people staying so she'd not have the income anyway. Of course it's entirely possible that costs have been incurred and that's the problem. But then it's a motel. Have they maybe provided meals?
I don't know. But there's a quote from the report:
How am I supposed to pay the mortgage? Or people's wages? Or any power bill? Or any property tax?
But these expenses haven't arisen because of the flood or because of the additional guests. They had to be paid regardless of how many guests are staying. Maybe there's been a massive increase in power used or the workforce has multiplied significantly to cope with more guests than usual.
A better explanation is needed.