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Red Cross update from July storm and flood damage in NE Iowa

flood damage in NE Iowa
Overall, 151 cases were opened with the Red Cross helping 383 people meet their immediate post-disaster needs

After two weeks of disaster response in Bremer, Floyd, Clinton, Clayton and Chickasaw Counties, the Red Cross closed their final case on August 4th.  Outreach teams spent time in Clinton, McGregor, Guttenberg, Fredericksburg, Volga and everywhere in between where knowledge of people in need was received.

Overall, 151 cases were opened with the Red Cross helping 383 people meet their immediate post-disaster needs.  All clients also received follow-up calls and were referred to community organizations to help with their long-term recovery.

Two emergnecy shelters were opened, one in Charles City and another in Sumner.  The Red Cross provided meals and a safe place for 13 shelter residents. All received comfort kits and blankets. 224 meals were provided including shelter meals and meals for partner organization volunteers. Snacks, water and ice were also provided throughout impacted communities.

Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) were also deployed from Burlington and Waterloo to assist with distribution of supplies. 565 clean-up kits were distributed in Bremer, Clinton and Chickasaw Counties. Additionally rakes, shovels, gloves and trash bags were provided through mobile distribution in ERV's throughout the hardest hit areas.

Sumner City Manager Lisa Oberbroeckley said, "The Red Cross has been immensely beneficial to us here in Sumner. As soon as they got into town that first Saturday morning we had people going up to them (at the shelter) just looking for a place to be. The Red Cross was providing food and water and a lot of our citizens took advantage of it...and that allowed us city workers to focus on what we needed to do and mitigate the flood."