Cost of Housing Harvey Evacuees in Dallas Shelters: $100,000 a Day

About 1,000 Hurricane Harvey evacuees were spread among Dallas' four shelters Wednesday afternoon -- far fewer than the 6,000 people Dallas is prepared to take in. But more are expected to arrive in the coming days as people are able to get out of flooded southeast Texas cities. City officials said late Wednesday they'd been told people could be bused in from Galveston through the night and others may be arriving from soaked Beaumont.As of Wednesday evening, though, state emergency officials had not told Dallas when -- or if -- to expect evacuees from Houston.Earlier in the afternoon, the downtown "mega-shelter" at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, a space with enough cots to sleep 5,000, was hosting about 365 people.City leaders are prepared to take in people from drenched southeast Texas for however long they need to be here. It's still unclear how many people may escape the storm damage to the Dallas-area. "We may have hundreds more. We may have thousands more," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. The mayor said he has spoken several times to his Houston counterpart. Mayor Sylvester Turner told Rawlings he is trying to find more sheltering space for his residents. By mid-week Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center was filled with 10,000 people -- twice the capacity. Residents who reached the convention center were already complaining that people were being forced to sleep on floors and that conditions were becoming unsanitary.   Continue reading...

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