Throughout parts of the Midwest, small towns to larger cities are facing the real dangers of rising flood waters. To support local communities, American Red Cross responders are urging residents to listen to their local officials for guidance on evacuations. In several cities, we are supporting sheltering and sandbagging efforts by providing food, water and snacks to support the community. As the waters rise, our services are expanding.
In our next video, from Utica, Illinois, Jackie Nelson shares what she is seeing. This lovely city had recently rebuilt from a tornado and now they are racing against rising waters.
Louisiana– A tornado damaged homes and left thousands of residents in Calcasieu Parish without power late Friday night.
The ARC of Southwest Louisiana Chapter deployed team members and provided bulk distribution of supplies to affected-area residents.
Utah – A strong storm system caused flooding in parts of Washington, Kane and Garfield counties, forcing the evacuation of about 280 residents in Rockville. Iron and Beaver counties reported two feet of snow within a six hour timeframe yesterday.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated at level 3 and various county Emergency Operations Centers are activated.
The Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter opened a reception center and placed a Disaster Action Team on standby. They are in communication with the State EOC.
The Chapter continues to monitor the situation and update the Disaster Operations Center as needed.
Washington – Record setting rainfall caused flooding and mudslides that damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes throughout the western portion of the state on Sunday.
The Snohomish County Chapter deployed Disaster Action Teams, opened three shelters, placed another two on standby and staffed county Emergency Operations Centers.
The ARC Serving King & Kitsap Counties Chapter deployed Disaster Action Team and provided assistance, as needed, to affected-area residents.
Minnesota – The American Red Cross has deployed volunteers to do disaster assessment in the neighborhoods affected by flooding. Once that information is collected, the Red Cross will determine the best service delivery approach for this situation.
Louisiana – Minor flooding was reported in St Martin and Iberia Parishes affecting approximately 10 to 15 homes by early estimates.
The Acadiana Chapter is prepared to conduct Disaster Assessment and distribute Clean up kits when the water subsides. No shelter was requested or planned at this time