As the recovery process continues in flood-stricken portions of Illinois, American Red Cross volunteers are fanning out in the affected areas to provide meals and cleanup supplies to those affected.
Anyone needing flood-related assistance should call the Red Cross at (314) 516-2700 or United Way at 211, from any landline, for additional resources.
In Illinois, the Red Cross is operating shelters in Granite City and Murphysboro.
So far the Red Cross has provided 676 overnight stays in shelters and 21,142 meals and snacks in response to this flooding.
“The floodwaters are beginning to recede but people are still in need of help; the Red Cross will continue to be there to provide needed assistance,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO, Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. “We appreciate all the work of our volunteers, and our supporters, who make what we do possible through their generosity.”
A Red Cross bulk distribution site, for cleanup kits and other items such as rakes, shovels, tarps and gloves, is operating at 136 Farnham in Portage Des Sioux, Mo.
The Red Cross also is operating a meal site at Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon, Granite City.
For those unable to get to a feeding site, the Red Cross is working on routes for distributing mobile meals.
Safety tips for returning home after flooding
- Never drive through water. If caught while driving on a road with rapidly rising water, get out of the vehicle quickly and move to higher ground. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
- Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
- Monitor local radio and television for updated weather reports. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App. Text GETEMERGENCY to 90999; search Red Cross Emergency in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to www.redcross.org/apps.
The Red Cross will be helping people affected for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies, including helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States, most of which are home fires.
People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting www.redcross.org, calling (800) REDCROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.