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Streets are now rivers as floodwaters continue to rise in multiple counties across Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
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The American Red Cross has activated Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven to host victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Memphis area.

Church pastor Bartholomew Orr said that no one had arrived to use the shelter by Wednesday morning in the church’s family life center at 980 Stateline Road.

“We have hosted people from other disasters in the past,” including Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Orr said.

Related: Harvey’s rainy remnants may reach Memphis Thursday; flash flood watch issued

The American Red Cross of the Mid-South, based in Memphis, has been in contact with some families displaced from Houston who are staying with family members in the area and may need the shelter in coming days, said Laura Vaughn, a Red Cross spokeswoman in Memphis.

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“We are taking each day one day at a time,” Vaughn said. “There are countless shelters in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and all just standing ready, opening as needed.”

The Red Cross-managed shelter at Brown Missionary Baptist Church received a call to activate on Tuesday. Red Cross-trained church volunteers and others are staffing the shelter.

Those displaced by Hurricane Harvey and in need of information, resources or a shelter should first call the Red Cross at (901) 726-1690.

In Memphis and Shelby County, no requests for setting up shelters have been made, said Dale Lane, director of the Shelby County Office of Preparedness.

The Office of Preparedness is staying in touch with the Red Cross and a faith-based partner, Shelby Cares, if a request and the need arises, Lane said.

“We’re on standby, we’re ready to go, but we have not received a request,” he said.

After Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, estimates of up to 10,000 evacuees at its peak from the area sought shelter and services in the Memphis area. Churches, the Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency and local governments and schools were among those providing support and facilities. 

 

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