by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 30, 2017

The following are updates from Houston, Galveston and Corpus Christi, as the cities continue with recovery from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Houston First, which owns and operates many of the major convention facilities, including the George R. Brown Convention Center, gave this report on the convention hotels and facilities in the area:
• The convention center is operating as an emergency shelter for more than 10,000 evacuees. The facility is fully functional and the convention campus, called Avenida Houston, sustained no damage. There is no information as to how long the center will be used in this capacity. The NRG Center near the Astrodome, also with space for 10,000 evacuees, opened as a shelter on Tuesday night. 
• According to the most recent reports, surrounding hotels in downtown Houston sustained no damage and are fully operational.
• Both George Bush International Airport and Houston Hobby Airport still are closed, but are expected to reopen by the end of the week.
• Many of the facilities in Houston's Theatre District have sustained damage. Evaluations are underway to determine the extent of the damage and its impact on future operations.

Houston First's next update is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1.

According to the NFL, the preseason game between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, scheduled for Thursday in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled, allowing players to return to Houston to be with their families and to help out with relief efforts.
Hurricane Harvey did not hit Galveston as hard as was feared, and the city reported there were just isolated incidents of water and wind damage. According to a statement on, "The city is not seeing significant street flooding outside of areas that are typically affected by high tide and rain. The city and its emergency teams are focused on assisting nearby communities on the mainland that have been severely impacted by flooding. On the island, city services have been restored and are operating as usual."
The statement also noted the following:
• The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry is running with limited services, depending on weather, and Scholes International Airport has reopened.
• Galveston's hotels are open and operating. A few hotels have sustained minimal water and/or wind damage, but no major issues have been reported. Several hotels are offering discounts to visitors impacted by the storm.
• The Port of Galveston still is closed to all marine traffic and is expected to remain closed until port assessment has been completed. For cruise updates, click here.
Corpus Christi
• The Corpus Christi Ship Channel is closed, although the U.S. Coast Guard has a modified the status of the Inner Harbor to allow vessels with up to 20 feet draft to operate.
• Corpus Christi International Airport has reopened, offering flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on American Airlines. United and Southwest Airlines still are working on plans to resume service.