Shelter at GRB remains open for evacuees

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Shelter at GRB over capacity with 8,800 evacuees
The shelter at George R. Brown Convention Center is now overflowing with flood victims in Houston.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston officials say the doors of the George R. Brown Convention Center remain open for evacuees who need shelter from the flood.

There has been a heavy influx of men, women, children and many infants seeking a dry place to stay after rising water forced them from their homes or left them stranded on Houston roadways.

Lloyd Ziel with the Red Cross told Eyewitness News they have already received more than 9,000 evacuees, and the flow of people through their doors has not stopped. Meanwhile, officials say at no point has the city been out of shelter space.

"We are still in process as an organization in mobilizing thousands of volunteers to bring down here," said the deputy director of the Red Cross. "It's tough to move resources but we are constantly working with our suppliers and volunteers to help the residents of Texas."

The Red Cross said no one will be turned away, so don't let this news keep you from heading downtown.

Another shelter is expected to open Tuesday afternoon close to the GRB Convention Center.

WATCH: Young mother pleas for help for stranded family

A young mother and her baby are just one of many families staying at George R. Brown Convention Center.

Officials said volunteers are needed. If you feel compelled to help, you will be put to work if you show up.

Tom McCasland, head of operations, said certified nurses and social workers are especially needed to report to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Towels, clothing for adults and children, socks, pillows, blankets, even yoga mats are being requested as donations to help these people in need of comfort. Additionally, organizers are setting up a children's area and could use donations to help with that. All donations can be delivered to the loading dock.

On Monday, rumors swelled that officers were checking the immigration status of those arriving at the convention center.

The City of Houston denied the rumor in a tweet,:

WATCH: Volunteers needed to help care for flood victims

ABC13's Kaitlin McCulley looks inside George R. Brown Convention Center as the converted shelter reaches capacity.

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