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Red Cross Responds to Flooding in Northwest Iowa

Updated: 6 hours ago


 (Updated July 15, 2024 - 9:15 a.m. CT)


It has been more than three weeks since flooding began in Northwest Iowa and the American Red Cross is on the ground across the region, providing vital support and comfort to those forced from their homes, even as the situation continues to evolve.

 

Beginning with the first evacuations and the onset of flooding, the Red Cross mobilized volunteers and resources to provide vital care and comfort in the affected communities. Nearly 400 Red Cross disaster workers have assisted in this response effort.

 

Flooding continues in much of Northwest Iowa as rivers rise to record levels. In some areas, waters are beginning to recede even as people downstream prepare for the high waters to reach their neighborhoods.

 

The Red Cross is currently managing or supporting pne shelters in Northwest Iowa, located at the Clay County Regional Event Center (800 West 18th Street, Spencer, IA 51301).


Since the onset of the flooding, there have been more than 4,300 overnight stays in shelters managed or supported by the Red Cross.


The Red Cross has also provided nearly 58,500 meals and snacks to affected residents. Additionally, the Red Cross is distributing clean-up kits and relief supplies, already putting more than 25,500 supplies in the hands of residents.

 

While the current focus is on addressing the immediate needs of those affected, the Red Cross also plays a critical role in helping residents and communities recover in the weeks and months after a disaster. As it is safe to do so, Red Cross volunteers are assessing the residential damage in impacted communities. This work will help to better understand what help families may need in the coming days, weeks and months. The Red Cross remains in contact with local officials across the impacted areas to evaluate the needs of the impacted communities.

 

HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY THE FLOODS?

Residents affected by the storms can receive helpby calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The free Red Cross Emergency app can be downloaded for weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and safety steps for emergencies such as flooding.


VOLUNTEER

At this time, our trained Red Cross volunteers are working this disaster in Northwest Iowa. If you would like to become a trained Red Cross volunteer – you can complete an application at redcross.org/volunteer. The application process can take a few days and requires your authorization for a background check.Once your Red Cross application is complete, you will be contacted about your volunteer interest and referred to the appropriate department for necessary training.

 

DONATE

To support Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters like the floods in Iowa, you can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

GIVE BLOOD

The flooding caused the cancellation of several blood drives in the affected areas, resulting in more than 130 units of blood going uncollected. The Red Cross encourages those in unaffected areas to make and keep blood donation appointments now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


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