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Red Cross Responds as Midwest Braces for more Flooding

Flooded Houses
To help prepare for disasters, download the suite of Red Cross mobile apps.

The American Red Cross is helping people in communities throughout the Midwest after this week’s tornadoes and floods as some areas brace for more rain and additional flooding.

In Nebraska, residents are cleaning up after two tornadoes destroyed much of the area around the town of Pilger this week. More than 100 disaster workers are providing shelter and food, health and mental health services and distributing cleaning supplies and items such as sun block and bug spray to those affected by the tornadoes. Emergency vehicles are providing food and water and health and mental health services in rural areas outside of town. The Red Cross is also participating in the Multi Agency Resource Center where residents can come to get assistance from multiple community organizations.

South Dakota was hit by both flooding and tornadoes this week and the Red Cross is responding in several regions of the state. In Minnehaha, Union and Lincoln counties, Red Cross workers are helping people affected by severe storm damage and flooding, providing shelter, food, cleaning supplies and meeting with individuals to determine what assistance is needed. In Wessington Springs, a tornado caused significant damage this week and the Red Cross opened a shelter for those forced from their homes as well as National Guard members responding to the situation. Red Cross workers are also providing food in the shelters as well as using emergency vehicles to provide meals to those affected throughout the area.

Minnesota residents are preparing for flooding along lakes and rivers in Koochiching and St. Louis counties which could affect hundreds of homes. The Red Cross has been helping for several days, mobilizing emergency vehicles to provide snacks and drinks to sand bag crews. Red Cross chapters in the region are mobilizing more resources to help if needed. Red Cross workers are also distributing preparedness information to educate people about what they should do if flooding occurs.

In Ohio, storms caused extensive flooding this week in Stark County. The Red Cross opened a shelter for those who had to evacuate and is working with local officials to make sure people get the help they need. Flooding also forced people from their homes in Lyon County, Iowa and Red Cross workers opened a shelter, are assessing the damage and providing food for sand bag crews and people forced to leave their homes.

MORE SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE Additional flooding is possible across the Midwest as heavy rain continues. If someone is living in an area that could be affected by this weather, there are flooding safety steps they should follow.

PREPAREDNESS APPS To help prepare for disasters whenever and wherever they may strike, download the suite of Red Cross mobile apps. You can download them directly from the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

HOW TO HELP People affected by severe weather and other disasters need help now. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.