Evacuees share their personal stories of surviving Harvey

Massive flooding from Harvey forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in emergency shelters; an overwhelming feeling of gratitude has brought people together in the shelters.
2:36 | 09/02/17

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The massive flooding from hurricane Harvey has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in emergency shelters. ABC's Kenneth Moton is at one of the largest where those who had to evacuate are sharing personal stories of survival. Kenneth, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning. Houston and this area all about communities so we've seen shelters turn into a microcosm of the city, neighbors helping neighbors, cope with the disaster. And it's not just supplies, donations and services, we've seen the feeling of gratitude that's really bringing people together. This morning, victims of Harvey thankful but anxious ready to move on from shelters in and around Houston. The hardest thing to get back to your house. That's where the home is. Reporter: Red cross says more than 42,000 people in nearly 260 shelters across Texas. Each one a makeshift community filled with plenty of food and water. FEMA assistance and families. An emotional time for many. There she goes. She gets to. Reporter: Dorothy stark and her children rescue from their flooded home days after Harvey hit her daughter checked on the house and found it unlivable. I couldn't walk in with the smell. Stones falling off the house. Both cars totaled. Everything in the house is just all over the place. Reporter: Now they're become in the sheller waiting for what's next. Red cross officials are working to keep up spirits, face paint and superhero characters for the kids. Activity for adult, even a Walmart pop-up shop for clothes and supplies. People have gone through traumatic experiences and we're just trying to do so many different things to get them to take a deep breath, possibly laugh or smile every once in a while and that's important because it keeps the energy high as they move toward the next phases of what is going to be a long journey for many of them. Reporter: The red cross says right now has enough shelter supplies to help 75,000 people here in Texas but more supplies are on the way to help thousands of more, Dan and Paula, so many flood victims we spoke with, well, this he's just grateful to be in this safe and dry space. We have to say that in the 12 years since Katrina it looks like certainly lessons have been learned because this is a lot more orderly than what we saw play out in New Orleans. Kenneth, thank you. The response has just been amazing to Disney's day of giving. Want to say thank you so much for your tremendous outpouring ofgenerosity. So far we've raised over $14 million and you can still give. You go to redcross.org/abc or you can give by calling 1-855-999-give. And an impressive total. Coming up we'll talk about the

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