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Commissioners Court makes moves for Harvey victims

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County is getting ready to open its arms to Gulf Coast residents displaced by the disastrous floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to direct staff to begin preparing the Exposition Center to serve as a shelter for evacuees. Given that the city of Austin is gearing up the much larger downtown Austin Convention Center for the same purpose, it remains unclear whether the Expo Center will actually be activated, though county officials are taking no chances. “Some reports are there are many as 30,000 people in need of sheltering,” Josh Davies, county executive for emergency services, told the court, which also voted unanimously to earmark $200,000 for sheltering and rescue operations.

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