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Red Cross Opens Shelter in Oil City Amidst Oil River Ice Jam

Red Cross volunteer comforting little girl in a shelter

OIL CITY, Pa. – An ice jam along the Oil River in Oil City has caused minor street flooding, and local emergency management officials have evacuated numerous homes and a senior apartment complex along the river.

The local American Red Cross opened a shelter for displaced residents at the Seventh Street Elementary School in Oil City last night. Four residents sought refuge in the shelter overnight.

The evacuation order remains in effect at the time, and the shelter will remain open until further notice. Red Cross disaster assessment teams will be out in the community later today to assess any flood-caused damage to homes.

Any individuals who have been evacuated due to the flooding, are welcome to seek refuge at the shelter. For more information on the local Red Cross, visit