Enosburg and Newport Shelters Available
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… (Burlington, Vermont – December 23, 2013 – 1:30 P.M.) While two shelters remain available to those impacted by persistent ice conditions and power outages, Red Cross volunteers are also responding to the scene of a house fire in Lowell, VT.
Around noon, Vermont State Police reached out to the Red Cross to ask for assistance at the scene of a house fire at 92 Irish Hill Road, Lowell, VT. Disaster services volunteers will provide support to the first responders, who are working in very difficult circumstances, and will meet with the family to offer emergency assistance. It is understood that the residence was home to three adults, a couple in their 60’s and their daughter. The family has three dogs, with early reports that one may be missing.
At this hour, Red Cross volunteers continue to staff two shelters across Northern Vermont, one at Enosburg Falls High School (65 Dickenson Ave., Enosburg Falls) and one at North Country Union High School (209 Veterans Ave., Newport). Yesterday afternoon, these shelters saw some area residents come and go, seeking a temporary place to warm up and get something hot to drink and a bite to eat. Each shelter also saw a few people stay overnight; six in Enosburg and two in Newport. The Red Cross also supported a shelter in Barton that was operated by Village staff and local firefighters by supplying equipment (cots and blankets) and helping defray the cost of feeding. We have been advised that 33 people utilized the Barton shelter last night and, at least at this hour, the shelter remains open.
In order to answer each call for help, the American Red Cross relies upon the generosity of donors and the dedication and compassion of its volunteers. To help ensure that the resources, both financial and volunteer, are ready when needed across the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region, we urge people to go to www.redcross.org/vermont to learn how they can help.