The American Red Cross has been assisting families and motorists affected by record-setting rainfall early on the morning of August 13. The storm toppled trees, forced some families to evacuate their homes, and flooded major roads.
Early this morning Red Cross volunteers assisted 50 motorists who were rescued from their cars on the Southern State Parkway at the North Babylon Fire Department with coffee and blankets.
Six Red Cross teams from across the region—Long Island, New York City, and Metro New York North—have spent the day in affected communities. They have been distributing flood clean-up supplies, blankets and beverages. They have also conducted damage assessment and worked with families to determine whether further emergency assistance—temporary housing, and health and mental health services—is needed.
At the Bay Shore Fire House, Red Cross has set up a reception center for families displaced by flooding. Four families (8 adults and 7 children) have registered for services and, if needed, will receive temporary housing tonight from the Red Cross.
"I'm proud of our Red Cross disaster responders who are helping the families displaced by this severe storm," said John Miller, CEO of the Long Island Red Cross. "Our disaster responders are continuing to provide assistance tonight, and will return to the affected areas tomorrow to continue to provide assistance to additional households in need."
Red Cross urges people to download the Red Cross free flood app. The flood safety app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The app can be found at redcross.org/mobileapps or in the Apple App store or Google Play store.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/li or visit us on Twitter at @LIRedCross.