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American Red Cross Assists Multiple Storm Victims

American Red Cross Assists Multiple Storm Victims
Overnight Thunderstorms Displace Adair and Linn County Residents

Heavy rains early Wednesday morning in Linn County forced the evacuation of approximately twelve families, including a number inside the Brookfield city limits. The American Red Cross has been coordinating with emergency management and law enforcement in Linn County to assist the displaced residents. Two families stranded at a church by floodwaters made their first call to the American Red Cross. Red Cross staff alerted law enforcement, who, once floodwaters receded, eventually led the evacuees to a local hotel. A disaster team consisting of staff and volunteers will travel to Linn County on Thursday to perform damage assessment and meet the needs of the displaced families.

Late night thunderstorms in Kirksville resulted in one family’s loss of their home. A disaster team responded to the scene of the fire to provide comfort and a temporary place to stay for the family.

The Red Cross will be meeting with these families in order to provide assistance for their basic immediate needs. Typically, basic human needs such as a place to stay, food to eat, necessary medication or health items, and clothes to wear are provided for first.

“Clearly, the Red Cross is not only a comfort but a resource to those who need us,” said Carmen Stanton, Executive Director. “We can see what a difference it makes to those families; we’re basically giving them a foundation to begin rebuilding their lives.”

The American Red Cross relies upon donations to do its work. All disaster education and assistance is provided free of charge. Contributions may be mailed to the chapter at P.O. Box 257, Kirksville, MO 63501. For more information about other chapter programs, please call 660.665.5686.