Cities stepping up to house Houston-area evacuees

Cities stepping up to house Houston-area evacuees

"We have the shelter capacity for the individuals in need, that need has reached its peak, and we are concentrating on serving their that they're able to exit out of the shelters into a more transitional or permanent situation so they can continue with their lives", Eichenbaum said. Now, they understand the facility is overwhelmed, but they're not feeling all that positive at the moment. There were reportedly only 5,000 cots, enough to hold what would be capacity. Across a vast region, they were huddled inside churches, senior centres and hotels.

Edgar said echoed the feeling of so many who found themselves in the same position-going through hardship, but still alive to tell their story. She was stressing the positive.

She believes the community will band together to rebuild as quickly as they can and said she plans to return as soon as utilities are restored.

But the relief of being on dry land was mixed with concern over what was to come for many displaced Texans.

"We've seen the help that has come after Katrina, after Sandy, after other, huge tragedies like that - and so, there is the hope that we will see similar relief because we need to understand the magnitude of what has happened", Abbott said.

San Antonio had prepared to take in 10,000 evacuees, with more than 200 buses ready to transport people out of Houston.

"I'm terrified", Ms McGowen said, as she sat on the concrete benches outside one of three emergency shelters in San Antonio that, as of Sunday night, were housing roughly 1,000 evacuees. There were areas set aside for people with disabilities, for people with pets, for families. The last time she talked to her Uncle Jon, the hurricane was bearing down, and he had told her that the wind was stripping away the doors and windows of the mobile home where she homeschooled her sons, Connor, nine, and Bobby Lewis, 11. "I know I don't have a house".

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña says his agency has responded to more than 1,000 calls for service - including 400 water rescues - since Harvey inundated much of the city.

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

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

Hotel prices, she said, were too steep, and her auto had been swallowed up by the floodwaters.

"I can't even feel anything", she said. Red Cross spokesman Don Lauritzen said Tuesday that there are 45 shelters in the Houston area, along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere.

Mr Wilkins, who worked in emergency management in New Jersey, said a sense of safety was vital to maintaining order in a stressful environment that could quickly turn turbulent.

Northeast Houston residents are rescued from flooded homes by Police and volunteers on Monday.

"If all of [the evacuees] showed up right now, we'd have the resources there to handle it", said Krystal Smith, regional digital communications specialist for the Red Cross in Dallas.

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