Shelters Cut Back on Staffing With Few Harvey Evacuees Showing Up in Dallas

Dallas will scale back staffing at its downtown mega-shelter after only 1,100 evacuees from Gulf Coast areas have fled to the city. Only 108 people spent Wednesday night at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center even though 558 evacuees registered for services at the shelter. They stop in during the day to apply for federal assistance and stock up on supplies but stay elsewhere. There are 585 people staying at the city's other three shelters.North Texas was prepared to handle as many as 6,500 evacuees. Most of the people currently here evacuated their homes before Hurricane Harvey hit the coast Friday. City officials are prepared to bring back more staffing and resources to the mega-shelter if state officials tell them more evacuees are coming. For now, it doesn't look like they are, said Rocky Vaz, head of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management.  Continue reading...

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