9000 flood victims sheltered at Houston Convention Center

02 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Perla Licona her father and three daughters left Pasadena a suburb of Houston for Dallas on Friday ahead of Harvey making landfall

"I know we don't have a home to go back to", she said.

The number of confirmed deaths rose to 20 when authorities reported that two men drowned on Monday. But at this point, most of the neighborhoods in the city are no longer under water. Of course, you will remember many people who evacuated from New Orleans ended up resettling in Houston.

Dallas city leaders said they are discussing how to move forward depending on how things play out.

The Dallas Zoo has taken in more than 700 evacuees from the Houston area in the wake of flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, according to a Facebook post on Tuesday.

The crisis deepened in the coastal city after Harvey rolled ashore overnight for the second time in six days, this time hitting southwestern Louisiana, about 45 miles from Port Arthur.

Evacuees are brought in by truck to the Hardy-Ley Bus station in Northeast Houston on the way to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

McLellan says it's not clear where the evacuees will go.

Some people taking shelter at the GRB have expressed concerns regarding the conditions. "And now it's just all the rainfall that's coming in, and there's a canal by there also that's overflowing".

The human toll from Harvey's record rain is unbelievable. "One lady was bleeding from her head", he said. Lloyd Ziel with the Red Cross told Eyewitness News they have already received more than 9,000 evacuees, and the flow of people through their doors has not stopped. With the water still high in places and many hard-hit areas still inaccessible, those numbers seemed certain to increase.

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We see this on display as Harvey causes severe flooding in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. While Harvey's rains will soon leave this city, much work remains to be done.

Houston's largest shelter housed 10,000 of the displaced - twice its initial intended capacity - and two additional mega-shelters opened Tuesday.

In Houston, pastor and author Joel Osteen was widely criticized for not offering his megachurch as a shelter.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler - who credited Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's as "an example of what strong leadership and action looks like - said he's been asked to make room for about 7,000 people".

Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens tells the station that county resources can not get to Port Arthur because of the flooding and some residents have gone into survival mode. We was in waist high water.

Frazzled families huddled together, trying to get their bearings, as volunteers in rain slickers directed traffic bearing down on the center in a steady rain. "We've got to keep it moving".

But Feltgen cautioned: "We're not done with this". "I know a lot of people are in this situation, a lot of people have lost homes, a lot of people have lost family members, a lot of people have nowhere to go".

The trade show community has responded with offers of assistance not only through donations to the Red Cross, but also in more hands-on ways, such as Fern Expositions collecting needed items in several of its locations to be dropped off early next week at the latest in Houston. "I'm waiting for my son to pick me up", she said.


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