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Dallas Mega Shelter Closes, Remaining Evacuees Move to Rec Center

    Dallas became a temporary home for thousands of Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Most have since gone home, but for those who are left, they have been moved from the mega shelter to the Tommy Allen Rec Center in South Dallas. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017)

    After hosting as many as 3,500 Hurricane Harvey evacuees, Dallas is closing the mega shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Wednesday.

    Only about 220 people remained at the shelter, and they will be moved to a smaller shelter the city is opening at the Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center in Oak Cliff.

    The vast majority of the evacuees have since returned to their homes along the Texas Gulf Coast.

    Some have decided to stay in Dallas, and Mayor Mike Rawlings said 100 evacuees will now call Dallas home.

    Dallas Mayor Discusses Mega Shelter Closing

    [DFW] Dallas Mayor Discusses Mega Shelter Closing

     After hosting as many as 3,500 Hurricane Harvey evacuees, Dallas is closing the Mega Shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Wednesday.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017)

    "It's gone, it's gone," said evacuee Frances Green, who lost everything.

    Green said she has taken a leap of faith in calling Dallas her new home.

    "We lived in Port Arthur, and they're living in tents right now behind the library. I didn't want to go from a shelter to a tent," Green said.

    She said North Texas has already made her feel at home.

    "When we got off the plane, Dallas opened their arms to us," she said.

    It's a much appreciated welcome that Houston evacuee Zoila Montalban said she also received.

    Harvey Evacuees to Be Moved from Dallas Mega Shelter

    [DFW] Harvey Evacuees to Be Moved from Dallas Mega Shelter

    City of Dallas officials say they plan to move the nearly 200 people staying at a shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees to a smaller shelter in Oak Cliff.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017)

    "Maybe they don't have the economic support to help you, but just saying something like everything is going to be OK, that matters a lot for us," she said.

    Both women plan to stay in Dallas.

    It is a commitment Rawlings says he has made to Houston and to its evacuees that won't be returning.

    "We're still helping Houston," Rawlings said. "We've been helping for the last 26 days. We've done a good job this far, and we plan to not quit," he said.

    It's this determination that carries these evacuees from Hurricane Harvey to the helping hands of Dallas.

    "I probably have my moments of breaking down, but each time it's the Lord beside me, it has to be," Green said.

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