The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Avoca, Iowa, to assist anyone who has to evacuate due to flooding. The shelter is located at the Green Hills Area Education Agency at 919 N. Chestnut St. and is now open.
Pottawattamie County Emergency Management officials say so far no one has had to be evacuated. The town is less than a mile from from the flooded Nishnabotna River.
Anyone who has been displaced from their home is urged to come to the shelter. Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to community services.
Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items 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 shelter will remain open as long as necessary. The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.