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Red Cross Prepares Response as Floods Threaten

Flooding May Continue For Next Several Weeks
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The snow is melting and rivers and streams are rising, putting many people across the country in the path of flood waters. The American Red Cross is monitoring the situation with state and local officials and preparing to respond if necessary.

In Kentucky, the Mississippi, Ohio and Green Rivers caused concern over the weekend. The Red Cross opened shelters in Warsaw, Shelbiana and in McClean County near Calhoun and Rumsey. As waters receded, the shelters closed. However, officials are working with the Red Cross to monitor the western end of the state where there is a potential for additional flooding.

In Arkansas, flooding closed roads and affected multiple homes in Beach Grove. Red Cross workers are offering assistance to those affected and remain on stand-by if more help is needed. In Ohio, flooding threatened residents of the greater Cincinnati area and the Red Cross worked with local officials to provide assistance to people in the impacted area. Two shelters were opened overnight on Saturday in case people needed to evacuate their homes.


The Red Cross urges people who live in flood-prone areas to prepare now by packing supplies in case they have to evacuate. A complete list of what they should get ready is available here. If flooding is possible in someone’s neighborhood, they should also follow these safety steps:

  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • If a flood or flash flood warning is issued for someone’s area, they should head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters whether walking or driving.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children and pets out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Download the Red Cross flood app and First Aid app for mobile devices. All of these Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.
  • 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.