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AMERICAN RED CROSS STORM ASSISTANCE

The storms that passed through the area Monday evening caused considerable flood damage in many parts of the Southeast Georgia region. Four Red Cross Disaster Assessment teams were kept busy all day Tuesday assessing the damages in the affected areas. Sixteen Red Cross volunteers and four staff members from several chapters are working feverishly to deliver a damage report that will cover the four affected counties. An appeal went out to Red Cross volunteers and quick to respond were two new volunteers from the U.S. Military. One is close to retirement and the other has recently retired. They never hesitated and reported for Red Cross duty immediately. Unless a shelter is opened, they will be assigned to work on the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV). This is the familiar red and white box truck that will remain at the ready so that food can be taken into affected areas for flood victims and Emergency Services personnel on the scene.

 A goal of delivering a report by 6:00 P.M. Tuesday will be necessary to assess victims' needs so they can return to their homes as soon as possible after the flood waters have receded. This goal appears to be on schedule as of 3 P.M. Tuesday.

"Most people think that sheltering and feeding is all we do at the Red Cross," says Emergency Services Director Sharyn Baggett. "After the initial emergency is over and people can return home, we continue our support by distributing clean up kits so they will have supplies to use during their cleaning process."

Ms. Baggett continued to say, "After reviewing the damage assessment reports, we will be able to determine how many families will need further assistance and what kind of assistance that will be. This is the Client Casework Part of the operation and we expect this faze to begin Wednesday morning."

 

The following is a short rundown of homes that have been reported affected or damaged as of 3 P.M. Tuesday:

Bullock County:            6 homes suffered major damage

                        11 homes were classified as affected (Utilities off, or homes in an area inaccessible)

                        5 homes suffered minor damage

 

Wayne County: According to County Emergency Management Officials there are 20 homes affected.        Some homes have from 6" to 2' of water in them.

 

Pierce County:   1 home has reported to have damage thus far. (Type of damage, unknown)

 

Bacon County 3 homes affected

                         4 homes suffered minor damage

 

In Bacon County early this morning flood waters trapped three families in their mobile homes outside Alma. Seven people, 4 adults and 3 children ages 4, 4 and 5, watched the waters rise and by 9:30P.M., it was too late to leave their homes. Roads had flooded and by 2 A.M. about an inch of water had entered their homes. Sheriff's deputies, county road crews and Red Cross Volunteer Danny Turner used an Army 2 ½ ton truck (owned by the Bacon County Sheriff's Department) and a boat to get the seven people out to safety. "It was a pretty delicate operation," said Danny Turner. "We drove the truck as close as we could to the home, then had to use the boat to get to the front door to get the people on the truck. Extreme caution had to be used so we didn't upset the alligators that had gathered in what used to be the front yard. They were only a few feet away and I have to admit, it was a little scary." Thankfully everyone was calm and we got them out OK."

At the present time there are no shelters open and none anticipated to open unless more flooding produces more victims tonight. More storms are forecast and the Red Cross has personnel assigned to monitor the situation throughout the night.

The Red Cross encourages the general public to help the Red Cross assist these families and others by making a generous financial donation to your local Red Cross. To help people affected by house fires and other disasters such as this one, call the Red Cross office in Savannah at (912) 651-5300, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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