Residents Receive Help from Red Cross

July  07, 2014

      Hundreds of local residents have received help from the Red Cross after severe thunderstorms and flooding hit the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

       Spokeswoman Brooke Mehaffey says the organization partnered with emergency management officials and community groups to provide clean up kits, meals, and overnight shelter. 

       "When the water comes in and people can't get to their homes, and they don't have a place to stay, I think they're just relieved that there is shelter available. You know, we make sure that they're able to have food and help with the cleanup."

      She says residents began calling for help late last week and volunteers set up distribution centers in East Moline, Wilton, and West Liberty over the weekend. To date, volunteers have distributed nearly 250 clean up kits, 500 meals, and sheltered a handful of people. 

      Mehaffey says with river levels going down, help will still be available, but only from the local headquarters in Moline.

       "Our volunteers, are just out doing, helping people as needed, but emergency management hasn't asked us to open up any distribution centers at this time. Of course, that could all change and we could have one open tomorrow. You just never know."

       Residents can call 309-743-2166 or visit the Red Cross office for emergency assistance.  Trained volunteers are on call 24/7.

 

(Photo: Local volunteers. Photo courtesy of American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.)