Red Cross gives update on December floods relief work

Red Cross gives update on December floods relief work

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The American Red Cross continues to provide relief for those impacted by the Dec. 27 floods, which impacted portions of central and southeast Mississippi.

Red Cross Southeast Mississippi Chapter Executive Director John McFarland said volunteers in portions of the state are continuing their response services.

“After opening our first shelter on Dec. 28, our disaster team opened an Emergency Operations Center at our Laurel office from which the response is being directed, McFarland said. "That EOC remains open today. More than 50 Mississippi volunteers and staff have been on duty ever since then.”

Shelters in Petal, McLain and Laurel closed on Friday, Jan. 4 as residents were able to return home to begin cleanup or moved to other accommodations.

Volunteers have distributed more than 3,000 meals and snacks and more than 860 emergency supplies (clean-up kits, comfort kits, etc.) to impacted residences.

A total of 24 homes were destroyed, 109 homes experienced major damage, and 110 homes received minor damage.

McFarland said damage assessment teams continue in response to phone calls from homes that have not yet been visited, but assessments are almost complete.

Residents who need assistance and have not already been reached can call our disaster line at 855-891-7325 or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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