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Red Cross Providing Help to People Affected by Pecos Floods

Red Cross Midland Shelters Open
Anyone in the affected areas is encouraged to come to the Red Cross shelter for a hot meal and a safe shelter.

The American Red Cross Permian Basin Chapter continues to provide help and hope to people affected by widespread flooding in Reeves County. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to call the Red Cross at (432) 563-2267 or come to the following shelter location.

Pecos High School Gymnasium

1200 Block of S. Iowa Street - Pecos, Texas 79772

Red Cross disaster volunteers are working around the clock to provide hot meals, comfort items and shelter to anyone affected by the flooding. Over the past 3 days, the Red Cross has provided 20 overnight shelter stays and more than 250 meals and snacks to people in need.

As heavy rain continues to pound New Mexico, flood waters are expected to continue to flow south, and have the potential to impact approximately 3,500 in the City of Pecos. Red Cross volunteers are prepared to provide shelter and assistance for anyone affected by the rising flood waters, and is encouraging families to take action now by staying informed of flood watches and warnings in their area.

“We are working closely with local emergency management to provide help and hope to families affected by the floods,” said Stephanie Murphree, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Permian Basin Chapter. “Anyone in the affected areas is encouraged to come to the Red Cross shelter for a hot meal and a safe shelter.”

The Red Cross urges families to take the following precautions in the coming days:

- 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.

- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

- Stay away from floodwaters. 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 out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

- Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more flood safety tips and information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

- Download the FREE Red Cross Flood App on your Apple or Android mobile device to receive audible watches and warnings, along with lifesaving information on what to do before, during and after a flood.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.