Local flood response updates: Evansville served 800 people per day from 4/25 – 4/30. Addtl. rain may push them back into operation. Utica, Clark County, served 950 meals from 4/28 – 5/2, along with showers and 1 person overnight stay. 100 additional cleaning kits sent to Clark, Washington and Utica. Flood levels of river in Floyd Co. currently being assessed. Thank you to everyone serving in this response!
Several of our Salvation Army Corps located in southern Indiana are continuing their response to flooding due to heavy rains during the past week. With more rain in the forecast, it’s a guarantee that TSA will be engaged in clean-up and recovery once the rain ceases. The Ohio River is threatening to flood homes and is reportedly at 7 feet above flood stage. The river is expected to crest at 10 feet above flood stage by this evening, however additional rain is on its way.
Roxanne Hailey, with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services in Clark County, reports that additional flood cleaning kits have been requested from the EDS warehouse in Indianapolis but will not be utilized until the rain stops and clean-up can begin. The TSA Corps in New Albany is in constant contact with city officials and EMA to assess the needs of the citizens and how The Salvation Army can help. A shelter for families needing to evacuate their homes will be opening this evening at The Salvation Army Corps of New Albany, 2300 Green Valley Rd. Those needing assistance can call the corps at (812)944-1018. Food and shelter provided. Identification is required.
Also, Lt. Matt Phelps of The Salvation Army in Madison says that families have begun evacuating some areas of Jefferson County. TSA is operating their canteen, serving warm food and water. They will be supplying food, water, clothing and other needs to residents seeking shelter at a local Red Cross facility. The Salvation Army will work with the Red Cross to assess those needs.
Flood kits have also been delivered to The Salvation Army Corps in Columbus.