As Connellsville residents clean up after unprecedented flooding hit the area a week ago, volunteers at the Red Cross service center in the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department continue to meet with residents. The American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania has provided emergency assistance to nearly 350 people since Monday. The service center, located at 905 Fireman St. in Connellsville Township, is open today until 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, the center will be located at Connellsville Area Community Ministries, 110 West Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425.
At the end of the day Friday, Sept. 2, 122 assistance cases have been opened by the Red Cross serving a total of 342 people. In addition, Red Cross volunteers have distributed over 3,300 bulk items such as water, snacks, clean-up kits and other supplies.
Red Cross damage assessment teams have identified 161 homes that have been damaged by the flood water. Among those, 29 homes are considered to be destroyed with 45 receiving major damage.
Residents who have questions about Red Cross assistance can call the Red Cross office in Greensburg at 724-834-6510.
A multi-agency resource center (MARC) opened yesterday in the Connellsville Middle School where 74 families sought assistance from the 26 community agencies in attendance. The MARC is a “one-stop shopping” event where affected residents can speak to a number of different service agencies in one location. The MARC will be held again today. For more information about the MARC, residents can call the Connellsville Area Community Ministries at 724-626-1120.
The Red Cross recommends financial donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief sent to the American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge, 137 N. Beeson Blvd., Suite 114, Uniontown, PA 15401.