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Shelter Operations Due to Flooding Increase

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter


In collaboration and partnership with McDowell County, a shelter was opened late last night county due to flooding. 28 people stayed overnight. In addition, a shelter opened earlier in Collettsville in Caldwell County had to move to Lenoir when rising waters threatened original location. 2 people stayed overnight.

As of Saturday morning, the American Red Cross will also support a shelter opened last night by Polk County officials in Columbus that has increased in the number of people seeking refuge. The number of people at this shelter is nearly 30.

 Shelter locations:


Gamewell Middle School

            3210 Gamewell School Road

Lenoir, NC 28645



Glenwood Baptist Church

155 Glenwood Baptist Church Rd.

Marion, NC 28752



Polk County High School

1681 NC 108 Hwy. East

Columbus, NC 28722

Red Cross disaster trained volunteers will continue to support these shelters as long as needed.

People may check shelter availability and whether a shelter is open on the Red Cross Emergency App. It may be downloaded in your mobile phone app store or you may text “GETEMERGENCY” to 90999. For flood safety tips, visit

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

•        Prescriptions and emergency medications

•        Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

•        Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

•        Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

•        Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

•        Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

•        Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

•        Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself


The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have 4 hours a month or 4 hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at

The Red Cross is able to deploy resources where needed, and to provide services here at home thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross provide assistance to people impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or home fires may donate at, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.