Houston convention center shelters 9K evacuees

The Red Cross and local officials say they will not turn evacuees away from the George R. Brown Convention Center and are asking for more volunteers to help with the influx of people.
1:24 | 08/29/17

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zone from Texas to Louisiana and Tom llamas is in Houston where thousands have flooded shelters. Reporter: Good morning. We've been hearing incredibly dramatic stories. People being rescued from their homes or having to trek through knee high, sometimes hip high water to then be picked up and put on front end loaders and dump trucks and brought here to downtown Houston. This is the convention center. Once they come in here, this is where they're processed and we have some breaking news this morning. We've just been told by the city of Houston there are now 9,000 people inside of this convention center and they're starting to make an announcement. They have initially started planning for 5,000. There were 5,000 cots, so now almost half the people here are sleeping on the fl we're not going to zoom in here. This is the area of the convention center where those people are sleeping and where you see the police tape some people are sleeping on the floor. But the red cross says they won't turn anyone away and will take anyone in that needs it. There are some initial plans to possibly open up long-term sthelters but that's still far away. The city and red cross maintain they can have people here for several weeks in the future. There is an er inside of there and there is a food station so people are getting warm meals but they need volunteers. They're asking anyone who can register and please help out. They need nurses and social workers and also need donations. They say this is getting very, very expensive. George. We can see that, Tom. Tom llamas in Houston.

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