Red Cross Opens Shelter After Flooding Leaves Hundreds Unable To Reach Their Homes

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Red Cross Opens Shelter After Flooding Leaves Hundreds Unable To Reach Their Homes

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) With estimates that 100-200 Douglas County residents will be unable to reach their homes due to flooded roadways after last night’s heavy rains, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross will open a shelter at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Superior Town Hall, located at 4917 South State Road 35.

Flooding has affected State Highway 35 south of Superior, Wisconsin as well as a number of county roads, according to emergency managers.

“We are working closely with Douglas County officials and have already assembled the equipment and volunteer staff we need to help these folks,” said Tony Guerra, emergency Readiness Coordinator North for the Minneapolis region. “We’ll make them just as comfortable as possible and are providing cots, food, and refreshments for what we hope will be a short stay until people can get back to their homes.”

Those who may need Red Cross assistance or temporary shelter during the road flooding should contact the Chapter at (218) 722-0071.

Providing shelters and mass care such as mobile feeding in situations like this is part of the American Red Cross’s 1905 Congressional Charter, that charges the organization with responsibility for responses to national disasters.

The Northland Chapter also responds to about 100 single-family emergencies, such as house fires, each year and prepares for major emergencies by maintaining shelter agreements with dozens of facilities across the Northland, according to chapter Executive Director Judy Hanne Gonzalez.

For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, contact the Northland Chapter at (218) 722-0071.

To make a secure online gift, visit www.redcrossmn.org or mail a check to the chapter at 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811.

People can help those affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Financial gifts enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of disasters.

People may also call (218) 722-0071 during business hours or mail donations to American Red Cross – Northland Chapter, 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth, MN 55811.

Make secure online contributions by visiting redcrossmn.org

Written for the web by Melissa Burlaga