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Red Cross helping after flooding in Minnesota

The Red Cross is working closely with local partners to support our neighbors impacted by the recent flooding in the surrounding area

Local American Red Cross volunteers are helping those affected by the recent flooding across southern Minnesota. 

“The Red Cross is working closely with local partners to support our neighbors impacted by the recent flooding in the surrounding area,” said Melanie Tschida, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota. “We’re meeting with families one-on-one to determine and support their needs and providing clean-up kits.”  

Clean Up Kits Available

Red Cross clean-up kits will be available and include bleach, a bucket, scrubbers and sponges, mops, brooms, long-handle squeegees, garbage bags, and latex gloves. 

Waseca

Waseca Emergency Operations Center

122 3rd Ave. N.W., Waseca, MN 

Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mankato:

American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota

105 Homestead Road, Mankato, MN, 56001 

Friday, September 23, until 3 p.m.

Home Fire Campaign Smoke Alarm Installation Event

Mankato Public Safety Center

710 S Front St., Mankato, MN, 56001

Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

People affected by the flooding and needing assistance may call the 1-844-878-9933.

As people begin to clean-up, the Red Cross encourages residents to stay healthy by following Red Cross power outage and food safety tips.

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. 
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula! 
  • By empowering local volunteers, the American Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies. Become a Red Cross volunteer in your community, visit redcross.org/mn.

    How you can help

    The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters every year, most are home fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Click redcross.org/mn, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

    About the American Red Cross 

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota serves more than 520,000 people in Dodge, Freeborn, Fillmore, Goodhue, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mn. Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota.