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9000+ evacuees take refuge at George R. Brown convention center

02 September 2017

About 9,000 flood victims spent Monday night at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the main shelter for the city of Houston. They've lost many of their possessions, and don't know where they'll go next.

Back in Houston, Eichenbaum said that while the number of people seeking shelter has peaked, that does't mean the city is out of the woods.

So far, more than 3,500 people have been rescued from the floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.

'Harvey has dropped so much water over such a large area of southeastern Texas that the storm is pulling that water back up into itself and dumping it again as more rain'.

The Red Cross says that they had a huge amount of the medical country in Houston step up and come to help with addressing any of the medical needs that people had here at the convention center.

More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in Texas shelters and that number seemed certain to increase, the American Red Cross said.

"All the cots are lined up, and it's going to be a little tight", the mayor said, but he's confident that the "little city" Dallas has built will provide adequate shelter for southeast Texans who choose to head north in the coming days. "We're going to get you to Dallas, and we'll go from there, '" traveler Micah Garb recounted to NewsFix.

Marcus McLellan, spokesman for the Jefferson County emergency management office in Beaumont, said Wednesday that Interstate 10 is flooded, as are several highways and many secondary roads. The church, once home to the Houston Rockets, seats 16,000 people. Evacuees may also take showers in shower trailers parked near the convention center, Rubinson said. She has since helped serve dinner and lunch and clean up the center after meals. "I think that's going to be critical because there's going to be some counseling necessary, and people are going to be upset".

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AccuWeather President Joel N. Myers called Harvey a 1,000-year flood, and warned that some parts of Houston will be "uninhabitable for weeks and possibly months due to water damage, mold, disease-ridden water". But it's hard, knowing some of her friends and family are still in flooded homes, and that her middle school is flooded. Of course, you will remember many people who evacuated from New Orleans ended up resettling in Houston. The shelter offers cots, blankets, and food to those in need. Fort Bend County upgraded their evacuation status in some low-lying areas from voluntary to mandatory Sunday.

It's said laughter is good for the soul.

He would have ridden out the storm if it wasn't for his daughter, 11-year-old Samantha wearing a black pullover sweater with the word "fearless" on the front.

"I saw a lady check in with six cats", she said.

An additional 659 evacuees are now being housed inside the city's three other shelters, which are just about full.

Andrea Zelinski covers politics and education for the Chronicle.

Samantha stood outside in her black socks, enjoying the breeze as her black and red hair blew in the wind.

Alejandra Matos covers politics and immigration.

9000+ evacuees take refuge at George R. Brown convention center