Transcript for Critics wonder why one of the largest megachurches took so long to open its door to evacuees
Back now with the struggle to shelter flood victims in Texas critics wondering why one of the largest megachurches in America took so long to take families in need. Here's ABC's Victor Oquendo. Reporter: Tonight -- we were there as dozens of volunteers at Joel Osteen's megachurch welcomed families seeking refuge. The 16,000 seat and former Houston rockets football arena, Lakewood church, claiming 45,000 congregants a week and broadcasted around the world tonight filling up with donations for evacuees. The move comes one day after the famous pastor faced fierce criticism he kept his doors closed while other places of worship around Houston opened thiers. On Sunday the church posting online it was "Inaccessible due to severe flooding." And later sharing these photos of the facility. But locals started posting these images appearing to show the area around the church was not flooded. And that roads around the facility were accessible. Osteen rejecting the criticisms. Tweeting "I care deeply about our fellow Houstonians. Lakewood's doors are open and we are receiving anyone who needs shelter." The church told us their parking garage was flooded and water was 1 foot away from breaching their flood Gates. The doors had been open from the very beginning. Reporter: The donations continue pouring in at this hour. The church says anyone who comes here seeking refuge can stay for as long as ne need, Tom. Victor, thank you. And Joel to Steen will be the guest on "Good morning America" tomorrow morning. Make sure to tune in.
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