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A bowling alley has become ground zero for relief efforts in Port Arthur, Texas after historic flooding from tropical storm Harvey which dumped close to the city’s annual rainfall in the space of three days.
There were emotional scenes at the Max Bowl on Thursday afternoon as those evacuated from their homes in the small Gulf Coast city struggled to piece together their lives and wondered what the next steps would bring.
People - Bundles - Clothing - Items - Line
People searched through bundles of donated clothing for items, waited in line for hot food and tried to keep children occupied in the leisure center, which was broken open by fire crews on Monday night, after gaining permission from the Good Samaritan owner, to protect displaced people from the life-threatening weather. The original shelter, at the Bob Bowers Civic Center, flooded.
Storm surges swamped Port Arthur and the surrounding area of East Texas earlier in the week after Hurricane Harvey rounded on the Lone Star State for a second time, making landfall as a tropical storm, bringing ferocious winds and torrential rains.
Death - Toll - Disaster - Officials - Number
The official death toll from the natural disaster is 47 but officials expect this number to rise as the water recedes and a grim search for bodies gets underway.
Some residents reported walking neck-high through floodwaters holding their pets and most precious possessions above their heads.
Army - Veteran - Keith - Francis - Home
Army veteran Keith Francis, 62, was evacuated from his single-story home with his wife, Lora, 53, his 13-year-old daughter Ski, and two German shepherds, Big Boy and Jasper.
The disabled veteran, who suffers from anxiety attacks, heart, blood pressure and back ailments, had made a camp on a bowling lane, carefully laying out his Bible and surviving medication on the cot.
Francis - Battalion - Duty - Vietnam - War
Francis, who served in the 34th signal battalion and volunteered for active duty in the Vietnam War when he was 18, told DailyMail.com that he had lost...
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