by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 28, 2017
As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to dump rain on southeast Texas, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has opened the George R. Brown Convention Center as an emergency shelter. According to the facility's website, the public is welcome and encouraged to come if they can get there safely. For those who have questions, the phone number is (713) 853-8001. The convention center's Twitter feed is offering regular updates.
As of this morning, both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston Hobby Airport remain closed. The Houston Airport System advises passengers to contact their air carriers for the most accurate information regarding specific flight status. For the latest updates about the Houston Airports, go to

The City of Houston and Harris County advise that travelers caught in Houston during the storm should stay in their hotels and not attempt to drive as there is a risk of flooding for the next few days due to the storm; hotels such as the Hilton Americas-Houston, however, have limited services available.

Several cruise ships remain at sea, unable to access the Port of Galveston for regularly scheduled stops. On Monday, Carnival Cruise Lines stated:

"Due to extreme flooding conditions in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey, officials in Galveston are unable to predict with any certainty when the Port of Galveston will re-open, but now expect it will remain closed until late this week. 

"As a result, Carnival's three Galveston-based ships, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Valor and Carnival Breeze, will all stop in New Orleans over the next two days to allow guests to disembark if they wish to make independent arrangements to return home or travel to another location. Alternatively, if their schedule allows, guests can elect to stay on board the ships, which will depart New Orleans between Tuesday and Wednesday. All three ships will head towards Galveston to be in position to enter the port as soon as it re-opens.  

"Based on the uncertainty of when specifically the ships will be able to dock in Galveston, the Aug. 26 sailings of Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom, and the Aug. 27 voyage of Carnival Breeze, are now cancelled. A full refund will be provided to all guests who were scheduled on these cruises. Additionally, a 25 percent future cruise credit will be applied to their next reservation with Carnival if booked within the next 60 days. 

The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is our foremost priority. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey."

Royal Caribbean has diverted Liberty of the Seas to Miami. The ship is scheduled to arrive there Tuesday morning for reprovisioning and will return to Galveston on Friday, Sept. 1. Guests on Liberty of the Seas will have the option to disembark in Miami.
Aside from donating to the Red Cross ( or text "HARVEY" to 90999), this article from Texas Monthly lists a number of reputable organizations that could use your help.