Staffers and volunteers from the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York are continuing relief efforts in Fort Plain after significant flooding from Otsquago Creek early Friday morning destroyed homes and flooded the downtown area. The Red Cross has been operating a shelter and a mobile kitchen at the Harry Hoag Elementary School, as well as a distribution site for cleaning materials will be set up at the United Methodist Church in Fort Plain. The cleaning materials include bleach, masks, gloves, and mops to help residents clean up their homes.
Mass feeding is expected to continue for the next few days and the shelter at the Elementary School is expected to remain open until at least Tuesday. About 30 people stayed at the shelter Friday night, and most are expected to be there for the next few days. Disaster Assessment teams will continue their work on Sunday, meeting with residents to determine immediate needs and establish long-term recovery plans.
So far, Red Cross volunteers have distributed:
Trained Red Cross volunteers and staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and are ready to help when needed with disaster assessment, client casework, sheltering, mass care, feeding, and more.
The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters is made possible solely through the generous donations made by the public. To assist those affected by disasters, visit redcross.org/neny to volunteer and/or donate to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.