Little by little, as people were walking in the waters of fishing, Houston transformed their Sunday into main convention center shelters, which evokes memories of Hurricane Katrina, when the levees break in New Orleans dozens failed thousands of people in poor condition in the stadium and in the congress center of the city.
Elected officials are committed to hearing the lessons of Katrina in 2005, when about 30,000 evacuees spent days packed in the suffocating Superdome with limited power and water and a roof shattered in the howling of the wind. The fiasco exposed the failure of the city and the federal government to prepare adequately for the storm.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said President Donald Trump on Twitter to “keep track of Harvey Hurricane” and not repeat the mistakes that President George W. Bush had made with Katrina. Bush was heavily criticized for a slow response from the federal government to the storm, which left more than 1,800 people dead and caused $ 151 billion in damages.
“You have your message strong and clear, we have fantastic people in the field, we came a long time before #Harvey.” So far, so good! Trump remembered. Later, the White House announced that Trump would go to Texas on Tuesday. There is no doubt that the challenge will be enormous for Houston, a city of 2.3 million people.
Forecasters predict that the remains of Hurricane Harvey could exceed up to 127 inches (50 centimeters) of rain in some parts. “The breadth and intensity of these precipitations are beyond what has been experienced before and cause catastrophic floods,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.
In New Orleans, nearly 80 percent of residents were evacuated days before Katrina arrived. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner advised people to stay at home, saying it was not possible to evacuate the fourth largest city in the country.
Authorities in Houston urged people to escape through the roofs of their homes to avoid being trapped in attics, prompting more than a dozen deaths in the aftermath of Katrina. Rescuers were so overwhelmed with calls for help Sunday that they had only responded to life and death.
Dallas also opened its convention center to house 5,000 people in the southern part of the state.
In Houston, the George R Brown Convention Center welcomed hundreds of people as authorities rushed to prepare the building with 1.8 million square feet of space. Officials called for help from restaurants to feed the growing population.
In 2005, Houston hosted Katrina survivors, the convention center and the Astrodome receive thousands fleeing from the hideous conditions of New Orleans shelters. Among them, Raeann Barber, who arrived in Houston, only has the nightgown behind her back.
The 37-year-old woman, who rebuilt her life in Houston, found herself running away from home when she woke to her knees in her apartment. A Coast Guard vessel helped her escape.
“One way or another, guess what?” He said he was looking for a bed in the congress center. “For me, the Lord will open the way, one way or another.”
The city of Texas has won applause for its efforts to help Katrina survivors. But some people on Sunday question the decisions of city officials so far in this storm.