UPDATED: American Red Cross shelters remain open in Greater Houston, Beaumont area for Imelda victims

High water covered parts of Grand Parkway feeder lanes near Valley Ranch Parkway on Sept. 19.

High water covered parts of Grand Parkway feeder lanes near Valley Ranch Parkway on Sept. 19.

Updated 8:58 a.m. Sept. 30

As of Sept. 30, seven shelters remain open in southeast Texas to accommodate victims of Tropical Depression Imelda, according to information from the American Red Cross.

Shelter locations include:

  • Calvary Baptist Church, 816 N. Blair Ave., Cleveland

  • First Baptist Church Hamshire, 15304 Hwy. 124, Hamshire

  • Jack Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto St., Liberty

  • Orange Church of God, 1911 N. 16th Street, Orange

  • Grace Community Baptist Church, 22044 Burrell-Wingate Road, Beaumont

  • House of Mercy, 1126 Cypress St., Baytown

  • YYAFA, 170 Hwy. 418, Silsbee


Find the full list of available Red Cross shelters here.

Updated 11:40 a.m. Sept. 23

Shelters remain open in the Houston-Beaumont area as of mid-day Sept. 23 to aid victims of Tropical Depression Imelda. However, some shelters have closed, according to information from the American Red Cross.

According to a Sept. 22 news release from the Red Cross, there were 498 overnight guests in Red Cross shelters the previous night.

Shelters still open include:

  • East Montgomery County Senior Center, 21679 McCleskey Road, New Caney

  • Whites Park Community Building, 225 White Park Drive, Anahuac

  • First Baptist Church Hamshire, 15304 Hwy. 124, Hamshire

  • Jack Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto St., Liberty

  • Orange County Convention and Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442, Orange

  • New Light Christian Center-East, 7313 E. Houston Road, Houston

  • Grace Community Baptist Church, 22044 Burrell-Wingate Road, Beaumont

  • House of Mercy, 1126 Cypress St., Baytown

  • YYAFA, 170 Hwy. 418, Silsbee


Find the full list of available Red Cross shelters here.

Updated 3:50 p.m. Sept. 20

The American Red Cross announced Sept. 19 multiple shelters had been opened in the Greater Houston area to aid residents affected by Tropical Depression Imelda, which brought Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration Sept. 19 for several counties across the state.

Shelters will be open 24 hours a day at no charge to residents seeking assistance, according to the release. Shelters will provide a dry place to stay, food, water, health services and emotional support for residents unable to return to their homes.

According to a Sept. 20 news release from the Red Cross, more than 1,200 evacuees spent the previous night in shelters across southeast Texas.

Red Cross shelters in the Greater Houston-Beaumont area include:

  • East Montgomery County Senior Center, 21679 McCleskey Road, New Caney:

  • Saint Simon's and Saint Jude's Catholic Church, 26777 Glen Loch Road, Spring

  • Calvary Baptist Church, 816 N. Blair Ave., Cleveland

  • Wildwood United Methodist Church, 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia

  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14225 Hargrave Road, Houston

  • Kingwood First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood

  • New Light Christian Center-East, 7313 E. Houston Road, Houston

  • Crosby United Methodist Church, 1334 Runneburg Road, Crosby

  • House of Mercy, 1126 Cypress St., Baytown

  • McLeod Park, 10717 Langston Road, Baytown

  • Whites Park Community Building, 225 White Park Drive, Anahuac

  • East Chambers ISD Dome, 234 Bucaneer Drive, Winnie

  • First Baptist Church Hamshire, 15304 Hwy. 124, Hamshire

  • Grace Community Baptist Church, 22044 Burrell-Wingate Road, Beaumont

  • Central High School, 88 Jaguar Drive, Beaumont

  • Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main St., Beaumont

    • North Orange Baptist Church, 4775 North 16th St., Orange: 90 evacuees



  • Orange County Convention and Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442, Orange

  • YYAFA, 170 Hwy. 418, Silsbee


Find the full list of available Red Cross shelters here.

Evacuees are encouraged to bring the following essential items for each family member:

  • prescriptions and emergency medications

  • foods for dietary restrictions

  • important personal documents

  • extra clothing, hygiene items

  • pillows, blankets

  • supplies for children or infants

  • special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

  • electronic device chargers


Other shelters in the Houston area, such as Gallery Furniture and Lakewood Church, are also available to stranded individuals.

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By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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