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Midwest River Region Flood Update July 9, 2014

Midwest River Region – July 9, 2014 – The Midwest River Region continues to work with partners to provide flood support in areas affected by the flooding that started on June 30th.
"The Midwest River Region has been coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the flood get back on their feet," said Betsy Pratt, Regional Chief Executive Officer. "The Red Cross will keep shelters on stand-by as long as needed, in addition to working with partners and providing mental health support to those affected by the flood."
We have over 65 workers on the ground who have provided 17 overnight shelter stays for individuals, served more than 525 meals and snacks and handed out more than 380 relief items in partnership with the Salvation Army and United Methodists Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Over 175 people have been assisted in partnership with Community Action Agency of Eastern Iowa for Clinton County and Project Concern Community Action Agency for Clinton County for the Iowa State Individual Disaster Assistance program.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:
•Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
•Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.
•Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
•If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
•If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
•Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
•When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
•During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
•Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
•Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help disaster victims please contact the Midwest River Region Regional location at (309) 743-2166 or visit
You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.