Pennsylvania – A storm that dumped several inches of rainfall within a short period of time caused flooding that damaged a bridge, closed roads and prompted evacuations in the western portion of the state on Thursday.
The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania is operating two local shelters, supporting one shelter, mobilizing its workforce as well as preparing mobile feeding and relief supplies distribution.
Local Red Cross volunteers are on-the-ground staffing two shelter locations. The shelter sites include Dubois High School located at 425 Orient Avenue in DuBois and Sigel Community Center located in Sigel, Jefferson County. As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, there are approximately 170 affected individuals seeking refuge in Red Cross shelters. The organization is equipped with shelter trailers in Dubois and Sigel to provide assistance to a possible increase in individuals seeking shelter.
The organization is also supporting a shelter operation at the United Methodist Church of Big Run, located at 100 Church Street in Big Run. As part of the support, the local Red Cross supplied the shelter with cots and blankets.
As part of the relief operation, Red Cross emergency response vehicles will be canvassing the affected areas in Jefferson and Clearfield counties to distribute relief supplies, food, snacks, water and support Friday morning.
In the coming days, the Red Cross will be working closely with local government officials to address the immediate needs of the affected residents in Jefferson and Clearfield counties.