Disaster Update: Flooding in Tennessee

Disaster Update

Tennessee, May 1 2013 – 

Tennessee Flooding Response
American Red Cross worker Bob Tyler loads food boxes to be distributed to residents of Stewart County, Tennessee.

In the four days since violent flash floods ripped through several small communities, the Red Cross has been working to help as families clean up their belongings and try to rebuild their homes and lives. Many local agencies have also stepped up to partner with the Red Cross in their relief efforts. The Southern Baptist Shower and Laundry Trailer arrived from Jackson, TN today, and is currently stationed outside the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle for local residents to utilize.
“We are so appreciative of the support of our community partners like the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Southern Baptists and Signature Healthcare for collaborating with us on this relief effort,” said Julie Campos, Executive Director of the Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross.

To date, in response to the flood, the Red Cross has served & distributed:

  • 1,262 meals
  • 1,100 snacks
  • 5,250 bottles of water
  • 311 clean-up kits
  •  99 comfort kits and 2,130 bulk distribution items (i.e. shovels, mops, brooms and clean-up supplies) distribution items distributed throughout the communities.

Three shelters were initially opened in response to flash flooding in Clarksville (Montgomery County), Dover (Stewart County) and Erin (Houston County) 54 residents stayed in the shelters overnight on April 28th. The Red Cross has since sheltered a total of 99 residents overnight as of May 1st.

Many roads are still washed out and inaccessible, but Red Cross volunteers were able to conduct additional damage assessment reports in Henry, Montgomery and Stewart Counties on Wednesday. There are now an estimated 440 homes affected between 5 counties. Eight homes were destroyed from the flood with 28 others sustaining major damage. Currently, the Red Cross is continuing to provide food, clean-up kits and shelter.

Get Help
If you have been affected by flooding due to these storms and you need more information about how the Red Cross can help, please contact the Two Rivers Chapter at 931.645.6401. A fixed aid location with food and clean-up supplies that also includes laundry and shower facilities, is available for local residents at the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church located at 3603 Hwy 49, in Dover, TN.

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