EL PASO, TX – September 12, 2013 – Several residents in Socorro were evacuated this morning due to flash flooding, and an emergency shelter is open at the Socorro Community Center, 960 Rio Vista Road. The American Red Cross El Paso is supporting the shelter with workers, cots, blankets and other supplies to help those needing assistance. The Salvation Army is preparing meals for those who will need food during this flooding emergency. An additional shelter is opening at San Elizario High School, 13981 Socorro Road, and the Red Cross will be supporting that location as needed. Additional shelter locations are being considered as rain continues throughout the area.
“Our thoughts are with those who have already suffered damages from these flash floods, and we hope to provide at least a little comfort and a safe, dry place for families to stay until the rain stops and the water recedes,” said Mark Matthys, Executive Director, American Red Cross El Paso.
American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safe when floods threaten. “It’s difficult to imagine flooding in the desert, but besides fires, flash flooding is the greatest disaster risk we face,” said Matthys. “A few inches of rain in a few hours can force people to flee their homes and leave them stranded.”
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:
For more information on flood preparedness, contact the El Paso Area Chapter of the American Red Cross at 915-592-0208, visit www.redcross.org or www.cruzrojaamericana.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross flood preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.