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American Red Cross Response to Flooding Continues

Chicago Red Cross Responds to Flooding
Call the Red Cross Flood Hotline at 847-220-7495 for assistance in English and Spanish.

American Red Cross Response to Flooding Continues

August 3, 2017— The American Red Cross response to severe flooding that impacted northern Illinois counties is still ongoing today.

To date, the Red Cross has provided food, shelter and comfort to the hundreds of families affected by major flooding by distributing items directly to neighborhoods, opening shelters and multiple multi-agency resource centers. These MARCs act as a one-stop shopping center for people to find cleaning supplies and resources as they plan their next steps and long-term recovery.

A new MARC location will open August 4 in Freeport in Stephenson County at the following location:

Highland Community College

2998 W Pearl City Road, Freeport

Building H, Room 101 (Cafeteria)

As people begin to return to their homes, the Red Cross is still in the field doing disaster assessment and delivering supplies and snacks to residents.

A flood hotline is available for people seeking assistance and information in English and Spanish. That number is: 847-220-7495.

Since the flooding began, nearly 300 Red Cross workers have:

-       Served more than 17,500 meals and snacks

-       Distributed more than 36,000 relief items like clean-up kits, comfort kits and bulk items

-       Provided more than 90 overnight stays in 6 emergency shelters

-       Handled more than 1,000 calls from people seeking help

-       Provided nearly 860 health services and emotional support contacts

Disasters create a wide range of emergency needs, more than any single organization can meet. It takes a large network of people and organizations to ensure communities and individuals receive the help that they need. The Red Cross thanks all the local, state and federal agencies that helped coordinate relief efforts in northern Illinois.

HOW TO HELP: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by Illinois tornadoes and severe storms by visiting or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE RED CROSS: Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Our vital work is only possible because of people like you. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. If you are inspired to action, visit