NORTHEAST NC, Sept. 23, 2016 — Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Julia caused localized flooding and rising water levels in rivers and streams in Beaufort and Bertie Counties.
Early assessments show about 60 homes have been damaged as a result of flooding. The American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina is on the scene, helping those affected. A shelter managed by Red Cross is open at Bertie High School, 715 Us Hwy 13 North, in Windsor, to aid those who have been displaced. About 26 individuals stayed in the shelter Thursday night.
NC Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency for 11 Eastern Carolina counties and called the event a “100 year rainfall.” The Red Cross will continue to provide casework assistance, meals and snacks, and will also be delivering clean-up supplies to those affected.
“The rain came in quickly and flood waters are receding at a steady rate, but dozens of families now have a long road to recovery with their damaged homes, some that are severely damaged,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer for the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross. “We’re here to support the community and assist with the recovery efforts.”
FLOODING SAFETY INFORMATION Here are a few steps to stay safe during flooding:
1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and heed evacuation orders when given. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
2. Stay away from floodwaters.
3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
4. Keep children out of the water.
5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP With the threat of severe weather, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.