Houston Evacuees Fill Convention Center

Kelly Massey
September 2, 2017

Restaurants and stores in downtown and near west Houston opened their doors Tuesday and a sprinkling of health-conscience locals were out jogging in their rain slickers, undoubtedly needing to wear off some nervous energy that built up over the last three days when flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey confined most people to their homes.

"As I walk around, I'm hearing a lot of people saying 'I don't have my medications for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia for the first time.' So we have these people who have this extreme experience, and also don't have the medications they need for mood regulation", she says.

"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.

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.

Cots and belongings have been abandoned on the civic center floor, which is under about a foot (30 centimeters) of water.

Now in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey the Convention Center is once again about to become a so-called "mega-shelter".

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.

The Red Cross has also set up other shelters throughout the area.

Michelle said she doesn't think the city was prepared.

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Rainfall from Harvey reached 49.2 inches, breaking the record for rainfall from a tropical storm in the contiguous United States. The previous record was 48 inches (1.22 meters) set in 1978 in Medina, Texas, by Tropical Storm Amelia.

The Texas Education Agency has contacted the Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services department to assist with providing food, according to the school district's press release.

"It may be 48 more hours before those roads are available", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Monday.

San Antonio has taken in more than 1,000 evacuees.

Rosales fled Houston with her parents and two younger brothers Friday out of fear that the Whiteoak Bayou in their backyard was going to overflow into their home. Several on social media shared images of what appeared to be clear access to the church. We was in waist high water.

The shows are open to people of all ages. With the water still high in places and many hard-hit areas still inaccessible, those numbers seemed certain to increase. A TV news crew from Austin, KXAN TV, checked into a room in Robstown, 20 miles from Corpus Christi. They say the volunteers are really nice, but the security officers make the place feel hostile.

At least 500 reports of price gauging were logged over the weekend, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told CNBC on Monday. The State of Texas has asked Austin for help.

Airbnb is offering free housing to those affected in the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio areas.

Click the image above to donate now to United Way to help Hurricane Harvey victims. The recovery will take months, if not years.

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