Following mounting public pressure, Lakewood Church addressed allegations that they had closed off their 16,800 seat megachurch to shelter-seeking citizens in Houston, Texas.
“This is crazy. People are saying we’ve locked the church. The church has been open from the beginning, but it’s not designated as a shelter,” Don Iloff, a spokesperson for Lakewood Church, told The Washington Post.
According to Iloff, the church was flooded and could not serve as an immediate refuge for those seeking safety from disastrous hurricane conditions.
However, on Tuesday, Lakewood church began to take in Harvey evacuees and volunteers. Staying on the second floor, volunteers have begun organizing relief supplies, as well as providing medical resources inside the church.
Under dire circumstances, Lakewood Church is doing the best it can to coordinate volunteers and resources for relief efforts.