North Platte – The American
Red Cross is helping residents of North Platte who were impacted by flood water
from the South Platte River over the weekend. They will also hit the streets
with their UMCORS partners to hand out clean up kits to homeowners who are able
to get back into their homes.
On Sunday, a second push of floodwater from the South Platte forced additional water into streets and basements. Teams of Red Cross workers spent the day delivering water and snacks to sandbaggers and first responders in North Platte.
Red Cross workers focused their attention to neighboring towns by helping emergency managers deliver flooding information to homeowners along the North Platte River and by positioning two Red Cross vehicles in Gothenburg.
These vehicles have necessary supplies for Red Cross workers to help residents during flooding, if the need arises.
"In the days and weeks to come, the American Red Cross will maintain our partnership with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the flood get back on their feet," said Susan Epps, Disaster Program Director. "We are monitoring water levels to our east and encourage residents who live along the Platte River to prepare for possible flood water."
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:
If you would like to help the Red Cross in their efforts to assist flooded areas donations can be made to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
Community members who want to volunteer with the American Red Cross can register by visiting Redcross.org/neia.
Residents who need immediate assistance should call the Central
toll free number: 1-888-382-3790.