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Dallas continues to open more shelters in face of Hurricane Harvey floods

Dallas continues to open more shelters in face of Hurricane Harvey floods

There's plenty right now to pray about; historic floods have forced so many from their homes in and around Houston.

A 1,000-strong crowd have formed a makeshift shelter in the George R. Brown Convention Centre, Houston, to provide refuge from the serious flooding in the area caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. The shelter, which has been set up in the parking garage level of the Convention Center, has 5,000 beds.

Despite the journey, Hanna kept a smile on her face.

Jeffery Bean and his wife are two of the people who were able to make their way from Baytown to North Texas.

Earlier Sunday, the city opened a third shelter for evacuees at the Samuell Grand Recreation Center after shelters at the Tommie Allen and Walnut Hill recreation centers reached capacity. Those who go to the convention center will have access to medical care, a pharmacy with free prescriptions provided by Walmart and charging stations for their phones, Rawlings said.

The organization said they have enough shelter supplies for 28,000 people.

The first large round of evacuees from Southeast Texas has arrived in Dallas.

For many, the enormity of the storm and its impact are just starting to settle in. "Texas has never seen an event like this".

Harvey's harrowing effects have left Preston "in pain, stressed and overwhelmed", she said.

People are encouraged to bring donations directly to the center if conditions are safe.

Preston has high blood pressure and is recovering from knee surgery. The demand on the convention center was expected to grow with more rain forecast Tuesday. Follow the signs to drop off donations.

Rawlings said the intention was to create a "little city" with a little bit of everything to help evacuees with what they need. The center's website says that clothing, baby formula, bottled water and non-perishable food also are needed.

The City of Fort Worth says shelters are ready to receive evacuees once the state asks for assistance. Those evacuees are staying in Irving, he said.

Similarly, local hospitals are working together with charitable groups and county officials in Dallas to turn the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center into a so-called "mega-shelter", according to a report by CNN.


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