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Red Cross opens shelter in Avoca for those affected by flooding

Posted at 2:52 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 17:06:31-04

AVOCA, Iowa. (KMTV) — The American Red Cross, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management, and city officials have opened a shelter in Avoca, IA for families and individuals impacted by flooding in the area.

Rising water levels from the West Nishnabotna River threatens eastern Pottawattamie County. Officials are making preparations for "historic flood levels" along the region and are working together to coordinate emergency sheltering.

Anyone displaced from their home is urged to come to the shelter, where volunteers are on hand to provide a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and referrals to services in the community.

A press release from the American Red Cross says anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring some necessities for each member of the family, including:

• Prescriptions and emergency medications
• Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
• Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
• Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
• Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
• Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

The Red Cross is closely working with emergency management officials in the area to coordinate relief services.

The shelter, located at the Green Hills Area Education Agency (919 N. Chestnut St), will remain open for as long as necessary.