Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

A third shelter has opened up in Dallas for Hurricane Harvey evacuees

A third shelter has opened up in Dallas for Hurricane Harvey evacuees

We're also making Zoo tickets available to evacuees in area shelters. Her own town, Friendswood, south of Houston, was underwater so she showed up at the convention center to help.

Lamacchia says people at the shelter are in good spirits and are thankful to be safe, dry and together with their families.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be turned into a "mini city" to house and care for 5,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said on Monday. Some are getting results, though not always positive ones. And they actually had to turn away people from the day volunteer shifts today.

After facing a second night on a cot with her mother, two sisters and three dogs, Tania Flores was ready to wake up Wednesday thinking about going home.

Winds from Harvey last week sheared the uprights from both goal posts, stripped most of the metal from the stadium scoreboards, scattered sheet metal through the stands and destroyed the gymnasium where the girls' volleyball team plays.

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It 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 were lighting up weather radar screens early Tuesday, the 12th anniversary of the day Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish.

The mayor said evacuees are expected to come in after the main roads in Houston become passable. The city's statement also notes that during Harvey relief efforts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the area.

Harvey will drop more rain Tuesday on a city crippled by floodwaters that have swamped streets and neighborhoods. The center has 1.8 million square feet (0.17 million sq. meters) of space. A 76-year-old woman was found floating in floodwater near a vehicle. He was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday. At least three deaths have been blamed on Harvey. Emmett said it would be staffed in part by members of the National Guard. Singaporean airmen who train there learn how to face large-scale emergencies.

"I have no choice but to stay here", she said in the lobby, where the neon lights of a closed Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen stood in stark contrast to the folding tables and mounting piles of donations that Boy Scouts from Troop 55 helped haul in. "It's my White House credentials".

Singapore made a similar offer after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But that can not happen until the roads now closed because of floods open again.

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The new shelter will provide the city with additional capacity because the number of evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center is approaching 10,000, double its original capacity. The The center continues to accept evacuees.

Lots of families with babies are gathered inside, as well as individuals with special needs.

The American Red Cross says there are more than 17,000 people in Texas seeking refuge in shelters. It sheltered more than 9,000 evacuees Monday night.

Among the people who filled the shelter, there seemed to be few tears, even as they confronted the reality of all they had lost and considered the reckoning ahead.

"The bayou is still rising; that's why we're here", he said.

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