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American Red Cross Opens Shelter in Carthage

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (April 16, 2014) – The American Red Cross will open a shelter at about 7 p.m. today at American Legion Post 789 in Carthage (Jefferson County) for residents who had to evacuate their homes because of flooding along the Black River.

The American Legion is at 415 West St., Carthage. Red Cross volunteers will provide each shelter resident with a cot, blanket, food and personal hygiene items.

About 15 homes along the Black River have been evacuated and the Red Cross is prepared to shelter all of the residents from those homes at the American Legion. The shelter will remain open until all of the residents are able to return safely to their homes.

Red Cross volunteers from the Northern New York, Central New York and Mohawk Valley Chapters have been deployed to assist the residents at the shelter.

“Our volunteers stand ready to provide the residents with food, a warm place to sleep and other essentials they’ll need until they’re able to return home,” said Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York. “And even after they leave the shelter, our volunteers will remain available to provide them with the support and referrals they’ll need to repair their homes and lives.”

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