Three Hurricane Harvey evacuees received supplies at the Waco hurricane reception center by late Monday evening before the state of Texas placed Waco shelters on standby, city officials announced.
Three people received medical supplies, basic medical attention and food before returning to their hotel rooms, city spokesman Larry Holze said. No evacuees have requested overnight shelter since Waco opened the Church of the Open Door, 900 N. Loop 340, Sunday afternoon as a reception area to direct evacuees to shelters or other needed resources.
The city was notified Monday to go into "standby status," meaning the reception center will close after midnight and no shelters will be needed until requested by the state. While a small number of impacted evacuees have used the reception center, McLennan County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Patterson said the state will keep local shelters available at the request of the state, but the reception center will no longer be open after midnight.
Patterson said shelter populations in larger cities appeared to have stabilized across the state. He said flooding is still a concern as mandatory evacuations are still in place, so local shelters may be asked to reopen at the state's request.
"One concern is the possibility of an unexpected event, like a levee break that would cause additional evacuations and the other one is the current capacity of other shelters across the state," Patterson said. "Statewide there is availability, but the state would like to maintain our shelter capabilities just in case."
Patterson said until the state requests a complete stand down for Waco shelters, American Red Cross workers and other volunteers plan to remain available until it is practical. He said all shelter and reception center workers have put in a great about of training and volunteer time to resources to evacuees available.