Harvey's shelter crisis: Where are the thousands of evacuees?

Dallas Opens Third Shelter for Harvey Flooding Victims

Dallas Opens Third Shelter for Harvey Flooding Victims

By Tuesday morning, 9,000 people had arrived at the city's largest shelter set up inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, according to the Associated Press. The city has done a great deal in trying to prepare everybody.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday they were aware of the report but would not confirm it. Saying it spent days trying to coordinate an emergency plan with city, federal and county officials, Harris County officials late Tuesday made a decision to open a separate shelter for 10,000 people at a county-owned exhibition hall.

A dog looks out from a crate as a family is evacuated by boat from their apartment, surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas.

The city has also been asked to get ready for more people over the next few days and weeks, the mayor said.

"We have the shelter capacity for the individuals in need, that need has reached its peak, and we are concentrating on serving their need.so that they're able to exit out of the shelters into a more transitional or permanent situation so they can continue with their lives", Eichenbaum said. Three are open as of Sunday night: Tommie Allen, Samuel Grand and Walnut Hill Recreation Centers. Emmett said it would be staffed in part by members of the National Guard.

Harvey will drop more rain Tuesday on a city crippled by floodwaters that have swamped streets and neighborhoods.

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!" Police came through midday Sunday, just as water crept over first-floor door stoops, telling residents to head toward an evacuation pickup point before water got too high. Area churches and aid organizations donated clothing, bedding and food for those forced to leave their home.

Dozens of shelters have been set up across Texas, and officials estimate that Harvey will ultimately force some 30,000 people into shelters.

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Evacuees will arrive in Dallas once the flooded roads and highways leading in and out of Houston have become passable, Rawlings said.

"The bayou is still rising; that's why we're here", he said. Dulcie Alexander, 44, was trapped along with several other drivers by heavy water on a highway Saturday night.

Evacuees will stay in the air-conditioned ground level of the convention center's parking garage.

"Our city is better than this", Michelle said.

No official number of the missing has been released, and a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, where Houston is located, said there isn't a specific strategy in place to look for additional bodies. "If you remember what happened in Katrina, everybody went to the Superdome, and then they started busing people out". "We didn't have any idea it was going to be this bad".

Beyonce says she's working with her charity to assist those in her hometown affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. Houston is really stepping up. The church has been collecting supplies for other centers and is providing on-site health checks.

They have had a surge of volunteers who have wanted to help out.

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