More than 1,100 evacuees housed in Dallas shelters


More than 1,100 Harvey evacuees are seeking refuge in Dallas County shelters.

Another military plane landed at Love-Field Wednesday afternoon, bringing several more people to Dallas. More evacuees are expected over the next few days.

Buses loaded with people from Houston hit the road for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But they weren’t able to hit the road until the roads cleared. Hundreds of buses were on standby ready to roll when it’s safe.

The evacuees are housed across five shelters in Dallas County. There are roughly 350 at the Dallas mega shelter, but that number is expected to soar in the next few days.

Housing that many people costs millions of dollars a month. But for many of the evacuees, you can't put a price on the kindness and compassion they've seen from North Texans.

The majority of buses going in and out of the Kay Bailey Hutchison convention center were not for evacuees, but rather convention goers.

Evacuees assigned to the mega shelter are required to wear wristbands for identification which allows them to go in and out of the shelter.

A team of 33 Red Cross workers from Mexico came to help and bring comfort to evacuees. They will be assisting with food, supplies and mental health issues.

"We are going to different shelters to talk with the people to look in and see if everything's good,” Carlos Castillo with Red Cross Mexico said. “And if the supplies are good and tomorrow or the next day, we are going to go to Houston."

Red Cross spokesperson Dan Halyburton says for some of the activities just hearing their home language was healing.

"This is something where these people really give them a little bit of a feeling of being home,” he said. “And it was really magical to watch."

Some evacuated families who had a place to stay other than a shelter came by to pick up necessities like baby food and diapers.

The Dallas City Council authorized an emergency measure allowing the city to spend up to $8 million on sheltering storm victims. City leaders say for the four shelters open so far, it's cost $100,000 a day just for showers, toilets and hand washing station and toilets. That adds up to $3 million a month.

"I'm just out here to try to help,” said Don Brown. “What I can do to help feed some of these people because I know the shoe could've been on the other foot."

“We told our neighbors to move because it was going to get bad. They were like no, it’s fine. And then yesterday they said, ‘Stay where you are. Don’t come back here.’ It’s getting super flooded. We’re getting rescued by a boat,” said Jose Banda, an evacuee who made it out early.

Fort Worth, Irving and other cities also have shelters prepared as well.

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