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Volunteers Respond to Albany Flooding

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"Red Cross volunteers were quickly on the scene to help."

After severe storms struck the downtown Albany area on Tuesday evening, Red Cross volunteers were quickly on the scene to help. They opened a shelter at Myers Middle School, and had resources available throughout the night to assist families affected by flooding and power outages.

By 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday morning, Red Cross workers were able to close the shelter and continue their relief work directly in the neighborhoods where help was needed most. Today, volunteers will distribute bottled water and cleaning supplies as they travel through the most severely impacted sections of Albany. They will also continue to work with families who may require additional assistance after the storm, particularly those who suffered major damage to their homes.

Anyone needing support after last night's storm, or any local disaster, is encouraged to call the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Red Cross at (518) 458-8111.

The Red Cross is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide both short- and long-term assistance to those affected by disasters. The ability for the Red Cross to respond to disasters large and small is made possible solely by the generosity of the public. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or click to donate or volunteer today.