Shelter in Ganado opens for any weather victims

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Aug. 28, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 28, 2017 at 10:40 p.m.

Ganado city officials in partnership with Red Cross have opened a shelter in the city for anyone who needs a place to go.

The shelter opened for flood and hurricane victims Monday afternoon and will turn no one away. The shelter is at the Ganado High School gym, 411 West Devers Ave., and has a capacity of 500, said Mayor Clinton Tegeler.

If needed, city officials will open more shelter locations.

"People can travel from anywhere," he said. "We'll take anybody that we can get or that needs it. We realized that other surrounding counties could be in the same predicament with floodings with rivers as other shelters fill up."

City officials received reports of Bay City residents trapped in high waters and needing to get out of the town.

"With us being a short distance and in good condition as far as our city we we're a good location for (a shelter," Tegeler said.

Matagorda County Emergency Management center moved to the YK Communications building in Ganado, which is how city officials found out about the need.

Flooding is not a concern as of Monday night in Ganado, Tegeler said.

Most of the town has power except for a small handful of residents. No roads are blocked and most debris has been cleaned up.

Those housed in the shelter will be fed three meals a day and given a place to sleep. People should bring bedding and light snacks if possible.

"We know they would do the same thing for us, so we're going to help them like neighbors should do," he said.



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