American Red Cross Efforts in Watseka Flood

Monday, January 14, 2008

Director of American Red Cross in Watseka Joan Goodwine - Joan Goodwine updates the status of many victims of the flooding. Many people are still being sheltered at the Trinity Church, with 48 people being served. Workers are going into the community and were able to distribute food to almost 280 people. The Red Cross has been working closely with First United Methodist church for relief efforts and flood buckets are being distributed, with another 1200 available. Damage assessment teams are on the scene for residents and paperwork processing for assistance will begin shortly.
Currently, coordination of workers is through the local churches and IEMA, but no one wants to be overwhelmed or unused when available. Mostly, it is a waiting game until the water further recedes. As these changes occur, more information will be forth-coming. She goes on to thank the many churches in the area, and everyone else assisting through this trauma, for all their efforts and hard work, and the patience of those enduring this time in the shelters.

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