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Several hundred people are at convention center following Houston floods

Several hundred people are at convention center following Houston floods

One thing that is clear, thousands in Houston have been forced from their homes in need of food, water and a roof over their head.

Shelter sites range from churches and gyms to massive buildings like the George R. Brown Convention Center. She's an editor with Dallas PBS station KERA.

On Wednesday, officials located a submerged van that seven members of a Houston family had been traveling in when it was swept off a bridge and into a storm-ravaged bayou.

"That's what I think the state's telling us and what they want us to expect", Rawlings said. The layover turned into 24 hours.

Four Walmart stores in the Dallas area will fulfill orders placed through the pop-up pharmacy and deliver the items to the convention center. Even furniture stores have been converted into makeshift shelters for the displaced.

So, it's packed as it can be here.

The city's largest shelter was overflowing when the mayor announced plans to create space for thousands of extra people by opening two and possibly three more mega-shelters.

He was picked up from the motel and taken to the convention center, where he waited to check in carrying just a blue tote bag with his belongings. "When the city needs us, we try to help", said Paul Osteen, the brother of Lakewood Pastor Joel Osteen and an associate church pastor. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports.

The center already held more than 9,000 people, nearly twice the number officials originally planned to house there, Turner said. They have credited the city with doing a pretty good job of giving them a place to stay. There's a bunch of people just peeing on the floor. Don't come back here.' It's getting super flooded.

So, some other challenges that we're seeing here. "We are doing the best that we can". And I just thank her for being strong, and I was able to lean on her. And she relocated to Houston. "And you have other people whose houses were threatened and they needed to escape the elements".

And so there have been a lot of reunions in that way.

There is a big police presence to keep the peace but the center appears to be running smoothly, without chaos. "We will help you.' We are in this together".

RACHEL OSIER LINDLEY: Yes, so many volunteers.

New volunteers arrived through the night. Federal and local agencies said they had lifted more than 13,000 people out of the floodwaters in the Houston area and surrounding cities and counties.

"The amount of rain is like nothing I've ever seen". Houston is really stepping up.

Christopherson said she's hopeful that her first-floor condominium, and a second-floor unit she owns in another waterfront complex, are still standing, but has no idea of the extent of any damage to the properties.

"They can't get out of town", he said.

The center was initially set up with 5,000 cots.

Yeah, our reporters at the convention center talked with people who were thankful to be in a safe, dry place.

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