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Salvation Army increases relief response due to flooding

Posted: 2:01 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 19:01:50Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — In response to flooding statewide, The Salvation Army Western Division accelerated its response in Iowa and Nebraska.

It says operations are currently underway:

In Norfolk, Nebraska—Local Salvation Army teams are helping to feed hundreds of evacuees at multiple area shelters. Starting Thursday and continuing through lunchtime today, these teams have worked to assist between 400 and 600 people at the largest of the three shelters, which is located at Lutheran High School, as well as some 200 people each at two additional Norfolk shelters. Staff have facilitated donations of food and toiletries for distribution to evacuees, and will soon turn to community cleanup efforts now that the local evacuation order has been lifted.

In Sloan, Iowa, outside of Sioux City—Salvation Army personnel worked a local shelter overnight Thursday into Friday, assisting people affected by flooding in the area. Staff there will now turn their attention to other flooding-related issues around the Sioux City metro.

In Fort Dodge, Iowa—Local personnel are working to transport some 400 flood-cleanup kits stored there to Western Divisional Headquarters in Omaha. The kits will be used to support flood-relief operations in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

In Omaha—Western Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel were dispatched from Divisional Headquarters early Friday to assist Salvation Army personnel and volunteers in upstate areas and to transport needed supplies. Plus, EDS leaders are closely monitoring flood-related evacuations on the edge of the Omaha metro area, as well as Gene Eppley Camp near Plattsmouth.