Shelter Created for Hurricane Harvey Evacuees
SAN ANTONIO - Families are still coming in from the coast to San Antonio. Hurricane Harvey forced them out of their homes. CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with a pastor who turned their church into a safe haven.
Buses of evacuees continue to check in seeking shelter from the storm. They are families who left their homes near the coast.
"I've never been through a hurricane," said evacuee and pastor Janie Llamas.
Janie Llamas became a pastor with Last Chance Ministries in January. Now, she preaches in Mathis,Texas. A city located about 40 miles from Corpus Christi.
"I was like, 'Okay, when the hurricane comes in, I'm a pastor, I have a church, we can bring in people. We can start buying waters.' We went to HEB and the waters were like already gone," said Llamas.
She was forced to leave her new home - her church.
"The little time we were there, we were like we're going to stay. But in a couple of minutes it changed...San Patricio County is where we live at, they said we need to evacuate," said Llamas.
Llamas turned to her sister church in San Antonio. They prepared for other evacuees to come in for a place to stay.
Llamas said they could fit about 200 people in the back hall. She said if conditions get worse and more people come, they could fit around 400 to 500 people in the congregation hall.
Llamas plans to go back to her church and help rebuild her community. First, she must wait for Hurricane Harvey's departure and its uncertain damage.