The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot County will be closing the Evacuation Center in Findlay at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. The Red Cross opened the Evacuation Center on Sunday morning at Glenwood Middle School to provide a safe, warm location for residents forced from their homes by rising flood waters in Findlay.
According to Executive Director Todd James, six families checked into the center and were unable to return to their homes. The Red Cross sheltered the families at local hotels Sunday evening. “At this point, most of the families have told us they can return to their homes as the flood waters have begun receding. If anyone still needs shelter this evening, we will of course help them, but we do not see a need to keep the Evacuation Center open after today.”
James says the next step for those affected by the flooding is recovery, which for many means cleaning up after the flood waters recede. The Red Cross will be providing free clean up kits for anyone who needs one. The clean up kits are housed in a five gallon bucket that can be used during the cleaning process and contain a mop, broom, disinfectant, gloves, garbage bags and other supplies. “Contaminants are often left behind after the flood waters recede and there is a good chance of mold developing if areas affected by the flood aren’t cleaned and disinfected well. We want to make sure anyone who needs cleaning supplies has them.”
The clean up kits will be available at the Red Cross office, 125 Fair Street in Findlay, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. James says the office will be closed on Wednesday for Christmas, but will reopen on Thursday and kits will be available. Anyone needing assistance due to the flood can call the Red Cross at (419) 422-9322.
All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. If you’d like to make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, visit redcross.org/donate or call (419) 422-9322.