Heavy rain that fell overnight in the Waynesville/Fort Leonard Wood area, which caused flash flooding and forced area residents from their homes.
The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter currently is operating a shelter at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 JH Williamson Dr. in St. Robert to assist residents impacted by the flooding.
Flash floods occur very suddenly as waters rise rapidly along streams or in low-lying areas. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible in the area. A flash flood warning means flooding is already happening or will occur soon.
If someone's neighborhood is under a flash flood watch, they should prepare now in case they are ordered to leave the area. The Red Cross recommends they should pack the following items:
- A three-day supply of water – a gallon of water per person for everyone in the household.
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food for household members.
- A flashlight and battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and extra batteries.
- A first aid kit.
- Medications and medical items like glasses, contact lenses, canes.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes.
- Important papers like deeds to homes and insurance policies.
- Extra cash.
If a flood warning is issued for someone's community, they should head for higher ground and stay there. Other safety steps include:
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you are walking and encounter flooding, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are driving, turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through flooding.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.
- Keep children out of the water.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
You can help people affected by disasters like flash flooding as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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