Red Cross opens emergency shelters in response to flooding


LEON:..THE FLOODING HAS FORCED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES ACROSS WEST MICHIGAN.AND DOZENS OF THOSE DISPLACED ARE STAYING AT SHELTERS SET UP BY THE RED CROSS.24 HOUR NEWS 8’S EVAN DEAN HAS A LOOK AT THE HELP AVAILABLE IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN NEED… 3 (BARRY COUNTY NAT)FROM HASTINGS TOWNSHIP IN BARRY COUNTY…(GR/KENT CO. NATS)TO THE GREATER GRAND RAPIDS AREA…(KZOO NATS)AND SOUTH TO KALAMAZOO…FLOODWATERS HAVE SURROUNDED NEIGHBORHOODS IN WEST MICHIGAN…SAM TIDWELL INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN RED CROSS WEST MICHIGAN 27:45 “SO MANY PEOPLE THAT LIVE ALONG THE RIVER KNOW HOW TO DO THIS… THEY’RE RESILIENT.”WE SAW THAT FIRSTHAND FRIDAY…(EDE PKG NAT)AS RIVERFRONT HOMEOWNERS IN BELMONT USED CANOES TO GET TO AND FROM THEIR DOORSTEPS… (EDE PKG NAT)BUT FOR WHO ARE THOSE FORCED OUT — OR CHOOSE TO LEAVE — THE RED CROSS HAS SET UP 6 SHELTERS ACROSS MICHIGAN…INCLUDING AT THE ALPINE BAPTIST CHURCH IN COMSTOCK PARK… A PLACE TO STAY… THREE SQUARE MEALS… 21:10 “AND WE GIVE THEM A COMFORT KIT… THERE’S SOME MADE FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN.”FORTUNATELY NO ONE HAS NEEDED TO STAY HERE YET… A SHELTER IN HASTINGS HAS ONLY SEEN 1 OVERNIGHTER AND KALAMAZOO HAS SEEN JUST 4… BUT THAT COULD CHANGE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE… THE RED CROSS LAST NIGHT HOUSED 55 FLOOD VICTIMS IN BERRIEN COUNTY…THE VOLUNTEERS WANT YOU TO KNOW — NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL THE NEED — THEY’RE HERE. 27:52 “WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THERE’S A SHELTER… IF THEY NEED THAT SHELTER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT…”(FLASH)29:20 “THIS IS VERY SATISFACTORY WORK TO BE THERE WHEN PEOPLE NEED YOU.”IN COMSTOCK PARK, EDE, 24HN8.

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