More than 170 people spent Monday night in shelters in parts of New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina where heavy rains have caused damaging flooding and the American Red Cross is providing shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support.
Heavy rain is predicted to continue for the next several days over many eastern states and flood and flash flood warnings are up through tonight from Georgia to New Hampshire. The Red Cross urges people to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and head for higher ground if a flood or flash flood warning is issued for their area.
NEW YORK Severe flash flooding in Montgomery County, New York, forced people from their homes in Fort Plain and surrounding communities. The Red Cross of Northeastern New York launched a relief operation and more than 155 people spent Monday night in Red Cross and community shelters. The Red Cross is also providing food, clean-up items and comfort kits containing personal hygiene products like toothbrushes to those affected. A Red Cross mobile kitchen is serving about 500 lunches and dinners a day and disaster assessment teams are meeting with those affected to determine their immediate needs and help them as they begin to recover. Health and mental health service workers are also on hand at the local elementary school. Health services helps people replace lost items like prescriptions and eyeglasses. Mental health workers assist people as they deal with the loss of their homes and belongings.
PENNSYLVANIA The heavy rains also caused major flooding in Clearfield and Jefferson counties in the Keystone State and the Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania is responding. More than 70 Red Cross workers are operating and supporting community shelters and distributing meals in partnership with the Salvation Army. The Red Cross and other agencies are available at a disaster service delivery site in Reynoldsville. Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling throughout the affected communities, distributing food, water, clean-up items and comfort kits. The Red Cross is also assisting with assessment of the damages and caseworkers are meeting with people to determine what help is needed.
“We encourage impacted residents from Jefferson and Clearfield counties to stop by the service delivery site,” said Jason Bange, executive director, Red Cross. “We have volunteers and staff ready to work with individuals to get them onto their path of recovery.”
NORTH CAROLINA Heavy rains in parts of North Carolina led to flash flooding which forced people from their homes. About 25 people spent Monday night in a Red Cross shelter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Workers with the Triangle Area Red Cross chapter are providing food and health and mental health services and helping assess damages to determine what help people will need.
FLOOD SAFETY If flooding threatens someone’s neighborhood, they should follow these steps to remain safe:
AFTER THE FLOOD People should return home only when officials say it is safe to do so. Before entering their home, they should look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, cracks in the foundation or other damage. Other steps include:
HOW TO HELP The Red Cross is also responding to several wildfires in the West as well as the flooding in the east. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief on this web site or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.