American Red Cross helps Tennessee Valley after flooding

MADISON, Ala. – After several homes across the Tennessee Valley had a forced evacuation due to flooding over the weekend, American Red Cross Serving North Alabama is offering to help in different ways.

As of Sunday morning, the Colbert County shelter at Muscle Shoals Recreation Center remained open and available for those impacted by storms. The Madison County Shelter at St. Luke Christian Church was open with people as well.

Russell Turner, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, said one family had six feet of water in their home.

“We actually last night, had a family come that were displaced due to flooding in their home – they received about six feet of water in their home,” said Turner.

Both shelters will stay open until the recovery period is over.

On Monday, the American Red Cross will make damage assessments.

“That’ll give us a better idea of what the Red Cross needs to do here locally,” explained Turner.

If you’d like to help the American Red Cross you can donate rakes, brooms, gloves, bleach, cleaning supplies, food or water to your nearest American Red Cross.

Or if you need help you can go to either of their shelters or call your local American Red Cross to ask for assistance.

“Generally a distribution point is set up, and then the clients will actually come, and we would take some information from them and then supply them with those items,” Turner continued.

Turner also said that they’re really needing more cleaning supplies to help their clients who have been impacted by the flooding clean the mold and mildew that will build up in their homes.

“One thing right now that’s really important is the disinfectant, because due to flooding, mold is a real problem,” said Turner.

If you need something more than the items the American Red Cross typically gives out, you can let them know and they’ll do their best to get it for you.

“We’re actually able to tailor the assistance to families, and we can use our partners to do that. So, if they need something special that we don’t have, we can go out to our partners,” stated Turner.

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