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MegaFest 2013 - Day 2

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via News5:

Joel Osteen, the pastor of the 17,000-seat Lakewood Church, has faced enormous criticism in recent days for not opening the church as the Houston area has seen record flooding as result of Hurricane Harvey.

Lakewood Church was closed this weekend as Harvey dumped up to 24 inches of rain on the Houston area. On Sunday, Lakewood Church tweeted a listing of shelters available in the Houston area. Notable, Lakewood Church was not among the listing of shelters.

Among the listing of shelters included a number of other local churches.

Although streets around Lakewood Church were reported as not flooded, streets within a mile of the church were closed due to high water.

Lakewood Church is a converted NBA arena, which was the home to the Houston Rockets.

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