Houston convention centre shelters flood victims

by Sophie Craig September 1, 2017, 1:56
Houston convention centre shelters flood victims

"We are not turning anyone away". He said some people at GRB would be moved to those.

At the moment, Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center is serving as an emergency shelter for thousands who have been left homeless.

Shelter spokesman Tom McCasland said about 5,000 people slept on cots, while the rest slept on cardboards and blankets. She took cat naps inside her sedan until police officers arrived with jumper cables the next day.

Crowd control is going smoothly and meals are being served on a regular basis, said Tom McCasland, director of the Housing and Community Development Department.

Swollen rivers in east Texas aren't expected to crest until later this week, and federal officials are already predicting the deadly Tropical Storm Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance.

Brazoria County authorities posted a message on Twitter warning that the levee at Columbia Lakes south of Houston had been breached and telling people to "GET OUT NOW!"

Separately, engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs Monday to ease the strain on the dams.

White says she does feel lucky her children were at her mom's house this weekend - four kids all aged between 5 and 10. Both reservoirs are at record highs.

A weather station southeast of Houston at Mary's Creek at Winding Road, reported 49.32 inches (125.27 centimeters) of rain as of Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Although forecasters had feared that another 2 feet could fall in some places, it appeared that the outlook had improved somewhat on Tuesday.

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The state of Texas has 250 buses in Houston, waiting to take people out of the city if necessary.

The zoo is also offering free admission to visitors impacted by Harvey through September 4. They were just so overwhelmed and busy. And officials acknowledge that fatalities from Harvey could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centers.

Eleven other confirmed deaths, some of which were listed on a Harris County database, showed people were found floating in waters - some in homes or businesses, others near cars.

"Our neighbourhood always gets flooded but not this bad", said the self-employed Melendez, 23. "I think that's going to be critical because there's going to be some counseling necessary, and people are going to be upset". They include a woman killed when heavy rain sent a large oak tree crashing onto her trailer and another woman who apparently drowned after her vehicle was swept off a bridge. We are proud of the efforts of so many Houstonians who have come to the aid of their fellow man in these trying times. "I'm glad we are able to use our resources this way". Some evacuees may be transferred to other locations to make sure everyone has a roof over their head, he said.

Many have harrowing stories of escaping rising waters in a city largely swallowed by floodwaters. The demands on the convention center were expected to grow, even while a new shelter opened Monday night and city officials considered opening more.

Edwards said he expects Texas officials to decide within 48 hours whether to accept his offer, which comes as Louisiana deals with its own flooding.

The forecast has the storm then zipping north and losing its tropical storm strength and then its tropical characteristics.

Before it breaks up, Harvey could creep as far east as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed its full wrath in 2005, is in Harvey's path. Foreboding images of Harvey lit up weather radar screens on the 12th anniversary of the day Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish.

Rescuers meanwhile continued plucking people from inundated Houston neighborhoods.


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