The American Red Cross has launched a massive relief response across the region following heavy rainstorms and flooding.
Red Cross volunteers have opened shelters in Bethalto and Granite City to provide a place to sleep, food and medical needs for displaced people. Red Cross officials are assessing the evolving needs and will determine if additional shelters are necessary.
“Red Cross disaster workers have been helping people affected by these storms since before Christmas and will continue to help them as long as needed,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO, Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. “We ask everyone to remember these families who have lost everything and had their holiday celebrations tragically interrupted. Please give to Red Cross Disaster Relief. We depend on generous financial donations to provide comfort and hope to people in need.”
Red Cross disaster assessment teams will be checking the extent of damage once the flood waters have receded to allow safe passage into the affected areas. Red Cross volunteers will also be distributing comfort kits and cleanup supplies, and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps in the recovery process.
Flooding is expected to continue affecting people over the next several days. People should never drive through standing water. Continue to 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.