In the four days since violent flash floods ripped through several small communities, the Red Cross has been working to help as families clean up their belongings and try to rebuild their homes and lives. Many local agencies have also stepped up to partner with the Red Cross in their relief efforts. The Southern Baptist Shower and Laundry Trailer arrived from Jackson, TN today, and is currently stationed outside the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle for local residents to utilize.
“We are so appreciative of the support of our community partners like the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Southern Baptists and Signature Healthcare for collaborating with us on this relief effort,” said Julie Campos, Executive Director of the Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross.
To date, in response to the flood, the Red Cross has served & distributed:
Three shelters were initially opened in response to flash flooding in Clarksville (Montgomery County), Dover (Stewart County) and Erin (Houston County) 54 residents stayed in the shelters overnight on April 28th. The Red Cross has since sheltered a total of 99 residents overnight as of May 1st.
Many roads are still washed out and inaccessible, but Red Cross volunteers were able to conduct additional damage assessment reports in Henry, Montgomery and Stewart Counties on Wednesday. There are now an estimated 440 homes affected between 5 counties. Eight homes were destroyed from the flood with 28 others sustaining major damage. Currently, the Red Cross is continuing to provide food, clean-up kits and shelter.
Get Help: If you have been affected by flooding due to these storms and you need more information about how the Red Cross can help, please contact the Two Rivers Chapter at 931.645.6401. A fixed aid location with food and clean-up supplies that also includes laundry and shower facilities, is available for local residents at the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church located at 3603 Hwy 49, in Dover, TN.
How to Help: You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Call: #1-800-RED-CROSS Click: www.redcross.org Text: "REDCROSS" to 90999 to Make a Donation - Customers of participating wireless carriers can make a $10 donation to support Disaster Relief by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Message & Data rates may apply.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.