Red Cross Clean-Up Kits Available for Lewis County Flood Victims

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (April 24, 2014) – The American Red Cross will continue to assist flood victims in Lewis County by making clean-up kits available at the Lewis County Office of Emergency Management in Lowville.

The clean-up kits include a broom, mop, bleach, bucket, gloves, trash bags and other cleaning supplies that will help residents clean their homes after the recent flooding.

The clean-up kits will be available while they last from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Lewis County Office of Emergency Management, 5252A Stowe St., Lowville. Residents who require the clean-up kits should enter the door on the right side of the building.
 
Earlier this week, the American Red Cross distributed more than 160 clean-up kits to residents from Jefferson and Lewis counties who were impacted by the floods. The clean-up kits were distributed at the Glenfield Fire Department and through the Lewis County Office of Emergency Management, and at the Carthage Fire Department through the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.

The American Red Cross responded to the floods by deploying volunteers from throughout the Central New York Region to Northern New York. In addition to the distribution of clean-up kits, here’s how Red Cross volunteers assisted flood victims:

• Red Cross Mental Health Services volunteers were available to assess and tend to emotional needs and provide information on coping skills needed during a disaster. Red Cross caseworkers will continue to work with residents to establish long-term plans for recovery.

• The Red Cross opened a shelter April 16 at American Legion Post 789 in Carthage for residents who had to evacuate their homes because of flooding along the Black River. While only three people stayed at the shelter during the two nights it was open, the Red Cross was ready to provide shelter for up to 100 people if the flooding continued.

• Working with its community partners, the Red Cross received several cases and pallets of water from Pepsi, Price Chopper and Walmart for distribution to flood victims in Glenfield, Lowville and Carthage.

“While the shelter is closed and the clean-up kits are being distributed, we want all of the residents of Northern New York who were impacted by the floods to know that we remain available to assist you in any way possible as you continue your recovery,” said Jane Gendron, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York. “We would also like to thank our partners from Jefferson and Lewis counties for their assistance and cooperation as we worked toward the best solutions for the flood victims in those areas.”

How To Help

As a non-profit organization, the American Red Cross relies on the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors to continue its lifesaving work. To make a donation to the local Red Cross to help the flood victims, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, call your local chapter, or send a check to your local chapter.

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 www.redcross.org/nny.