Belton church houses about 50 Harvey evacuees

BELTON, TX - About 200 Harvey storm evacuees arrived in Belton Monday early morning on seven buses from Brazoria County. 

They arrived at Belton's Expo Center and after checking in, they were taken to different shelters. 

The center will continue to serve as the arriving point for self evacuees as the sheriff's office says no more buses are expected at this time. 

One of them is First Baptist Church of Belton that currently houses about 50 people. 

Sam Stamport from West Colombia in Brazoria County got here on the bus and is staying at the church. 

He says, " They have been very compassionate and helpful and answered questions without being preachy at the same time."

Stamport is a retired college professor who acted fast when Harvey hit. 

"I was concerned that I would be cut off and with the streets flooded not be able to get groceries or get out and be stuck there with no electricity no air conditioning."

He says looking out the bus at the flooding was shocking. 

Executive pastor Craig Pearson says serving others is what churches do. 

"We are happy to show the love of Jesus by providing these folks the place to go when theirs has been blown away or has become unaccessible."

The church can house up to 100 people and provides food, cots to sleep on and showers. 

Stamport is safe now but worries about his future. 

"I know my apartment will be okay but the ground floor apartments and the rest of the city I have no idea what's it going to be like."

The sheriff's office says about 50 people arrived on their own, in addition to those 200 on the buses. 

The five shelters are set up in Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple and two churches in Belton. 



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