The American Red Cross’s shelter at New Light Christian Center in Northeast Harris County opened the afternoon of September 20, 2019 after heavy rain hit the region as a result of Tropical Depression Imelda. The facility is hosting more than seventy-five clients from different parts of Houston. “The officers that were driving military trucks told us about this location and transported us here,” said Manuel Cruz who checked in with his wife and two children last night. “Our home got flooded up to our knees,” he added.

“We are accepting anyone at any given time. No one is being excluded from sheltering,” said volunteer Tyler Dana, as he greets people at the main entrance. The Red Cross expects more survivors to arrive at this location that provides cots, blankets and three hot meals per day. This shelter is one of nineteen opened within the past 24 hours. Last night more than 1,200 people took advantage of sleeping in a safe, air-conditioned location for temporary respite. Anyone impacted by this flooding event can find a shelter location at