A Lakewood Church spokesperson told ABC News today its doors have always been open and the church is waiting for city officials to designate it as a shelter so it can obtain cots and other assistance. (The spokesperson said the church doesn’t have showers or a kitchen.)
Five school buses filled with evacuees, toting their belongings in plastic garbage bags, have now arrived at the church.
On Sunday, Lakewood Church posted on Facebook that it was “inaccessible due to severe flooding” and directed displaced residents to shelters in the city. The church can hold more than 16,000 people and has been previously active in relief efforts, including sheltering displaced victims during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.