George R. Brown Serves Again
The George R. Brown Convention Center transformed itself from expo center into a shelter for those affected by Ike. Fortunately, things seemed to go a bit smoother than when Katrina landed plenty of survivors on our shores.
Ike brought some 1,600 people, arriving from varied locales and different area shelters. “People have come from smaller shelters set up at schools like Lamar, Yates, and the Star of Hope center that lost power or water and had to be moved” said GRB Division Manager John Harris. “Setup went pretty smooth and we haven’t run into any major problems as of yet."
Others inside the convention center had harrowing tales of riding out Ike outdoors. Some of Houston’s homeless didn’t make it to a safe place in time.
According to Fontenette, he found himself riding out the storm with nothing more than a trash bag for shelter, sitting in a small outdoor space in the St. Joseph Professional building. “I heard this large crack sound, a noise I’ve never heard before and I couldn’t move. The worst noise I’ve ever heard in my life, all I had was this plastic bag.”
– Brett Koshkin