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Displaced Greenspoint Residents Seek Shelter In School District Arena

One of the areas hardest hit by flooding was Greenspoint in north Houston.

At the M.O. Campbell Educational Center on Aldine Bender Road, volunteers for the American Red Cross were handing out essential goods, like food, water and diapers.

On Tuesday morning, about 260 people took shelter here. They all suffered damage to their homes during the flooding that began Monday.

“We lost everything,” said Dedrick Nash, who woke up around 4:30 that morning and realized water was pouring into his apartment. “When I got up, I woke everybody else up in the house and we got up. The ambulance rescue had to come take me upstairs to the second floor because the water kept coming in. Water was above my knees while I was sitting down in my wheelchair.”

Nash is now staying at the center until he can find a new place.

Leedward King is in a similar situation.

“You ain’t comfortable. You’re in a gym,” he said. “There’s a lot of people so you can’t go to sleep. You just got to lie there until your body lets you go to sleep. It’s just hard right now.”

At the Biscayne at City View apartment complex on Imperial Valley Drive, residents were busy cleaning out their apartments and trying to get their cars running again.

The high water swamped many vehicles, including Nara Santana’s. He said his sedan was completely submerged in the parking lot.

“Just called the insurance,” he said. “They’re going to come pick it up soon. So, I really lost it.”

Santana is still able to stay at his soggy first-floor apartment. The water didn’t quite reach his mattress.

Back at the temporary Red Cross shelter, flood victim Regina Wright said some

people who were able to save their cars from water had them towed away, because they parked them on elevated highways.

“Not only did you lose your house, you lost your belongings,” she said. “Now you’re losing a vehicle and you have nothing and nowhere to go.”

Houston spokeswoman Darian Ward said the city is not waiving towing fees.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross expects more people to use their shelters tonight because of power outages and road closures.

Meteorologists say more rain is coming to Houston — and that might mean additional flooding as the ground is saturated and creeks have high water.

Area shelter information can be found here.

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