American Red Cross Helps After East Arkansas Flash Floods

Arkansas Flash Flood Response

Woodruff County Office of Emergency Management Officer Brenda Byerly and American Red Cross Disaster Manager Jody Carter review list of areas affected by flood waters.

According to the National Weather Service as much as 13” of rain drenched areas eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee...

Disaster Responders from the American Red Cross in Arkansas crossed St. Francis Sunday, and Monroe, St. Francis and Woodruff Counties Monday as waters receding from Sunday’s flash floods and storms.

Red Cross Disaster Responders provided close to 90 Red Cross clean up kits, 48 of them in Forrest City, to residents in the three counties working to clean up after as much as 8” of runoff filled homes as torrential rains caused water ways and city streets to overflow. The clean-up kits include a broom, mop, disinfectant and sponges. Bug spray, work gloves and bottled water was also provided to disaster victims.

“We continue to make damage assessments in Woodruff County,” stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Communications Officer Brigette Williams, “As of today, we show 80 homes that received some water across the three affected counties, with 5 homes experiencing major damage due to more than 3 feet of water inside homes near Brinkley in Monroe County.” One home in Woodruff County was destroyed during Sunday’s storm by lightning strike that caused a fire.

The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross in Memphis, provided disaster relief and care in West Memphis (Crittenden County) to 15 residents after water flooded an apartment complex.

“According to the National Weather Service as much as 13” of rain drenched areas eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee, from Forrest City to Memphis Sunday,’ stated Williams. “Numerous flash flood watches were issued across the state starting Saturday, June 28th continuing overnight through Sunday evening not only affecting residents, but travelers on the busy Interstate 40.”

This weekend’s floods are a reminder for Arkansans to stay prepared for the unexpected. “Flash floods happen as they are called, within minutes, so time is critical for safety of people and property’ stated Williams. The American Red Cross has a free preparedness Flood app for smartphones that can be with you at all times to keep you informed on flood readiness.

The Red Cross Flood app for Android, IPhone or IPads can be downloaded at no cost. In addition to preparedness tips, alerts for flood and flash flood watches and warnings can be received from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Other features of the app include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions to help you know what-to-do even if the cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during and after requires no mobile connectivity.
  • The ability to add the location of friends and family across the state and country for you to receive flood and flash flood watches and warning alerts based on their location. Great information for you to check on family during vacation or students away for school.
  • Red Cross location-based open shelters map for when you need it most.
  • Be ready should a flood hit by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Reduce your household’s stress and anxiety should a flood hit by learning to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at any time, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Know the difference between a warning and alert.
  • Learn how to deal with food and water impacted by floods and power outages.
  • Simply let friends/family know you’re safe with customizable “I’m Safe” notification sharable thru social media, text and email.
  • The Toolkit’s strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • For information on flood and other disaster safety tips visit redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

    Stay in touch with the American Red Cross in Arkansas on Facebook/AmericanRedCrossArkansas and on Twitter/RedCrossArkansas

    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/arkansas or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossArkansas.