In response to rising river levels in Central/East Illinois, the Red Cross has opened up a shelter in Cass and Clark County for anyone affected by floodwaters.
The Cass County location is at the St. Augustine Parish Hall, 319 N. Charles St., Ashland, IL.
The Clark County location is at the West Union Christian Church, 106 S. Washington, West Union, IL.
Other shelter sites are on standby throughout Central/East Illinois if needed.
The Red Cross has shelters in three Midwestern states for people who cannot return home because of flooding.
In Illinois, the Red Cross has shelters open across the state as part of our largest sheltering operation in recent years for this area. Since last Thursday, there have been 900 overnight stays across Illinois.
Volunteers are providing emotional support as well as food and water to people forced from their homes and personnel fighting the floodwaters.
To support our disaster efforts, please make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Over the past 10 years, the Red Cross has launched 127 large relief operations to help people affected by floods in 38 states. We’ve learned that floods can be especially long and costly relief operations as communities wait for floodwaters to recede before they can begin cleaning up their homes and neighborhoods.
The Red Cross has hundreds of volunteers on the ground across the Midwest that have served more than 42,000 meals and snacks, 18,000 in Illinois alone.
In the weeks to come, the Red Cross will be providing help to affected communities and distributing relief items like comfort kits, cleaning supplies, buckets and mops. We anticipate that approximately 234,000 relief items will be delivered.