Shelter Opens in Columbia after Severe Flooding

American Red Cross Opens Shelter after Severe Flooding  

A Shelter opens to residents displaced after severe flooding hits the Midlands

Columbia, SC, September 26, 2011 – American Red Cross, Columbia Region has opened a shelter to provide temporary housing to residents that were displaced as a result of severe flooding that occurred yesterday at the Austin Woods Apartment complex in Columbia.  The shelter opened tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, located at4205 Kilbourne Road in Columbia.

Red Cross disaster relief workers have been responding to people affected by this storm since late yesterday evening.  Last night, the Red Cross provided temporary lodging to 14 displaced residents. 

Because of ongoing disaster emergency training, Red Cross disaster volunteers are fully prepared and ready to provide immediate emergency assistance to the residents affected by this storm.  Every day disasters of this caliber reinforce the need for Red Cross disaster workers to continue training to be ready when the time comes. 

The Red Cross relies on financial support from the community to have the resources available to recruit and train disaster volunteers, as well as fund Disaster Relief efforts.  To make a financial contribution to the Red Cross, please send donations to: The American Red Cross, PO Box 91, Columbia, SC29202. Donations may also be made by visiting www.columbiaregionredcross.org or by calling (803) 540-1242.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  To make a financial contribution to the Red Cross, please send donations to: The American Red Cross, P.O. Box 91, Columbia, SC, 29202.  Donations can also be made by visiting www.columbiaregionredcross.org or calling (803) 540-1242.

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