Storm-hit Houston reels from influx of evacuees, crime outbreak
Ernest Scheyder, AUGUST 30, 2017 / 2:47 PM
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston strained under the arrival of tens of thousands of people fleeing submerged homes and flooded roads on Wednesday and faced an outbreak of looting and armed robberies that forced a midnight curfew.
The city opened the George R. Brown Convention Center over the weekend with a plan to house 5,000 people and be run largely by American Red Cross volunteers. The center’s size quickly doubled, as people streamed in from areas south and west of the city. Despite promising two more “mega” centers early Tuesday, Houston opened one, at a basketball arena, and two smaller centers.