City opening George R. Brown, multiservice centers as shelters

The shelter can hold up to 5,000 people.

HOUSTON - Houston residents impacted by the flooding have been showing up at the George R. Brown Convention Center since Sunday night. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Sunday that the city would open multiservice centers, public libraries and the George R. Brown Convention Center as shelters for those who were forced to leave their homes due to flooding.

Several other locations have been opened up as shelters in the city of Houston, and others are being opened to help residents forced to evacuated their homes.

LIST | Shelters around Houston area for Harvey

At Sunday’s press conference, Turner said public works listed 60 barricaded locations as of midnight.

As of Noon, there were more than 700 structural flooding reports with Houston police and firefighters responding to more than 2,000 calls for rescue.

 

Multiple apartment complexes were evacuated Sunday– at 802 Seminar and 400 Greens Rd. Those residents were taken to a Red Cross shelter.

Update on City's response to Harvey https://t.co/CpPYAYI0r1

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METRO has suspended light rail and bus service but they are working to transport people to shelters.

LIST | Harvey shelters around Houston area

To assist residents, the city has 39 dump trucks, four high water vehicles and 11 boats out. The Texas Task Force has 20 high water vehicles they have deployed as well with five more expected to arrive from the Military Task Force.

Another 40 boats will be brought in from various agencies to help residents later in the day Sunday as well, according to the mayor’s office.

The mayor reminded residents to not go into their attics to escape rising waters. The city is still at risk of flood conditions through much of the coming week.

STORY: Do NOT climb into attic, go to roof to escape flooding

Do not call 911 unless you are in a life-threatening emergency. If you cannot get through to 911, hang up and immediately try again if it is an actual emergency.

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