Evacuees are transported to the George R. Brown Convention Center after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Nick Oxford
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Patricia Cain entered the George R. Brown Convention Center barefoot and carrying two oxygen tanks.The Cains were among hundreds of people who arrived Sunday by boat, by bus, and by foot to Houston's showcase convention center downtown, transformed by volunteers with few hours' notice into a shelter as Harvey ravaged Houston.The American Red Cross was expanding the shelter by the hour as more people arrived, including dozens of volunteers and local residents who saw reports on the news or social media and brought bags of donations.However, the shelter had reached half its capacity with 2,600 people by midmorning Monday, according to Ken Sandy, a shelter manager for the American Red Cross.The American Red Cross mobilized at the convention center on a few hours' notice, Sandy said. The city of Houston had publicly announced just two shelters Saturday night, as the worst of the rain that pelted Houston and surrounding Harris County began. One of the shelters had to close because it was too close to high water.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner then announced Sunday morning that the convention center would become a shelter. Cantu, 50, said Sunday that he was waiting for a bus to the Salvation Army shelter where he lives, but buses were canceled.
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