Shelter at GRB remains open for evacuees

Sep 8, 2017

The din inside eventually fell as thousands of people went to bed.

They left their home Friday afternoon before the catastrophic flooding swallowed their neighborhood.

But Vic Parker, a Red Cross volunteer who’s managing the shelter’s massive operation, said she expects the number huddling inside the center could rise again once residents who’ve returned to their homes realize they may be uninhabitable if not inaccessible.

Those needs include mental health services and spiritual care, along with the basics of food and shelter. He’ll sweep out the rest, then get to work making the house habitable again.

The city has three other shelters, that can hold 750 people total, besides the convention center. I assume there’s a range of emotions among people who are in such desperate need right now.

Red Cross Spokesperson Anthony Tornetta told CNN the agency readied supplies ahead of Harvey’s arrival and is continuing to bring in more. We are proud of the efforts of so many Houstonians who have come to the aid of their fellow man in these trying times.

“Once we get this thing inland during the day, it’s the end of the beginning”, said National Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen. And we’re just here. Other major cities in Texas have opened their doors as well.

FLORIDO: So even though it’s been a couple of days since Harvey passed by Houston, Ari, the eastern parts of the state are still dealing with flooding. The Red Cross said no one will be turned away, so don’t let this news keep you from heading downtown.

Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames on Wednesday told NBC’s Today show that every body of water around the city is overflowing and that the rain continues to fall. Are people feeling that it’s safe to be out and about?

GREENE: Now, Hawkins says, she’s heard that Walgreens is going to be coming in to fill prescriptions. And he had a cart full of stuff. “They’re going to find out they can’t get to their house, they got mold and no electricity”. And that was from – that was my daughter’s diaper bag.

“We may have thousands upon thousands upon thousands of more individuals that will get bigger than this convention center”, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a Monday press conference inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

MILES O’BRIEN: Give us your impressions of what is going on there.

The first step is opening the mega-shelter at the convention center.

Val Ree Shankle and his wife, Donna Shankle, ended up in the convention center Monday with their six children and two young grandchildren after fleeing chest-high water outside their home on Houston’s east side. As of Monday, over 3,000 people were already at the convention center, with more arriving.

As floodwaters recede and the extent of the unprecedented damage comes into sharper focus, many will have to stay in the city’s shelters for an indefinite amount of time.

Most of the people were rescued from their flooded homes – with no belongings.

Exhausted of sitting indoors, Rosales and Britny Mitchell, a 19-year-old volunteer, set up a makeshift nail salon outside an emergency shelter Monday where almost 200 people have sought refuge since tropical storm Harvey forced them from their homes.

I actually – my colleague and I were just talking to a woman who had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.

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