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Red Cross opens shelter in Council Bluffs

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 20:38:15-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (KMTV) — The American Red Cross, in conjunction with Pottawattamie County Emergency Management and the City of Council Bluffs, has opened a shelter in the city to help those who have been displaced by flooding.

Anyone who has been displaced or has voluntarily evacuated is urged to come to the shelter, located at Salem United Methodist Church (14955 Somerset Avenue) in Council Bluffs.

The shelter will remain open as long as necessary. Estimates on the continued rise of Mosquito Creek have prompted early protective actions considering the location of an area apartment complex and some other residential properties in the area.

The Valley View Apartments have seen rapid water rise into their parking lot and conditions have led officials to recommend voluntary evacuation.

This is the second shelter to open in the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro area. Earlier Wednesday, the Red Cross opened a shelter at the Green Hills Area Education Agency in Avoca, Iowa (919 N. Chestnut St.).