Hurricane Harvey evacuees arrive in Dallas

Several hundred people are at convention center following Houston floods

Once positions within the mega shelter command structure have been appointed, people will be moved from the four existing shelters to the mega shelter, where they will be registered.

"We are going on fumes and our hearts ache for community we serve, but we will not stop!" said Houston police chief Art Acevedo. The storm has been blamed for at least two deaths. The main shelter is downtown at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the Red Cross has set up what they describe as a mega-shelter facility.

The center has requested the public donate more supplies to evacuees seeking shelter, including baby formula, diapers, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food, sweatsuits, socks, towels, bottles of water, comfort kits, blankets and pillows. Fort Bend County upgraded their evacuation status in some low-lying areas from voluntary to mandatory Sunday.

As of Monday morning, there were reports of five to six inches (12.7 to 15.2 centimeters) of rain per hour and unofficial reports of up to eight inches in a band of heavy rainfall. Both have been shut down since midday Sunday as Harvey-related flooding swamped roads leading to the airports. Snow and his wife were picked up by a volunteer boat owner. Some people managed with kayaks or canoes or swam.

Outside the Walnut Hill Recreation Center in North Dallas, Bishop Edward Burns prayed with Gulf Coast evacuees.

Anyone coming to Dallas is asked to call 211 to get current shelter information before arriving.

Rescuers were giving priority to life-and-death situations, leaving many affected families to fend for themselves.

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Matt Sebesta, the chief administrator of Brazoria County, urged residents on Tuesday of the Columbia Lakes neighbourhood to leave. Engineers have been releasing water from the dam in order to reduce pressure on the structure, causing more flooding in the area.

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People came in on foot, and even by the truck load. Others waded while carrying trash bags stuffed with their belongings and small animals in picnic coolers.

But Abbott said the oil industry was well prepared.

The scene inside the center presented a stark contrast to the chaos at New Orleans' Superdome arena that housed thousands of displaced people following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and which became an emblem of the hardship that engulfed that city.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner defended his decision not to evacuate the city of 2.3 million people, saying it would have led to a far worse calamity for area residents.

"Go there and you can see how you can give money and you can see how you can register to volunteer".

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit Texas on Tuesday, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. Karen Preston said she's weathered hurricanes before, but she's "never seen anything like this".

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