The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for flooding victims in Perry County at the Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Way, Crooksville, Ohio 43731. The shelter was opened early this morning in response to the evacuation of dozens of residents of a Crooksville apartment development that flooded very quickly this morning. At least sixteen units of the Village Green apartments have been affected so far. Residents of a nearby mobile home park were also evacuated due to the rising waters and some of them are also being served at the Crooksville High School shelter. At last report, 15 clients were being served in the shelter. Also in Perry County, the city of Corning is reporting flooding and first responders are working to locate and assess the situation.
Flooding is also being reported in Morrow County at the Lee Street apartments in Mt. Gilead, where 20 units and about 75 people have been impacted. Red Cross Disaster Assistance volunteers and staff are providing services including Flood Clean-up Kits, but at this time no additional shelters are needed.
The Red Cross is providing drinks and snacks to nearly fifty first responders in Perry County who have been involved in the Crooksville evacuation. Additionally, the Disaster Operation Center (DOC) housed in the Columbus Chapter is open and operating to coordinate relief efforts for the flooding victims.
“This is when the commitment of our volunteers is most evident – during times of emergency,” said Matt Bertram, CEO of the Central-Southeast Region of the American Red Cross. “From shelter management and staffing to making sure firefighters, EMS and police officers are supported to do their jobs…Red Cross volunteers are working to make sure our communities can respond and recover.”
Disaster operations staff and volunteers are working to assess the flooding impact throughout the region. Volunteers will be deployed and additional relief efforts will take place as the needs of the community become apparent.