QC Red Cross helps hundreds, prepares for more flood disaster

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A spokesperson for the American Red Cross says workers are winding down efforts along the Rock and Wapsipinicon rivers and increasing help for people along the Mississippi River. 

They sent out the following information for people dealing with flooding: 

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois is a region made up of 78 counties in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. There are areas of our region experiencing or on alert for significant flooding now and in coming days.

We have a disaster team currently focused on the Quad Cities where our American Red Cross Serving Quad Cities and West Central Illinois chapter is assisting those impacted by flooding along the Rock and Wapsipinicon Rivers.

We’ve been distributing items throughout the Quad City Area to help those directly impacted by flooding. So far, we’ve given out 333 cases of water and 532 clean-up items such as clean-up kits, bleach, trash bags and gloves.

More flooding is expected, so we’ve included some flood safety tips: 
•Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

THEN, IF YOU CAN, DO THIS
•Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking.
•Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
•Fill your car’s gas tank, in case you need to evacuate.
•Bring outdoor belongings, such as patio furniture, indoors.
•Turn off propane tanks to reduce the potential for fire.

IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME, DO THIS
•Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
•Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities to prevent damage to your home or within the community.  If you shut your gas off, a professional is required to turn it back on.
•Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.

DURING FLOODS STAYING SAFE INDOORS
•Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
•Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
•Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
•Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
•Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
•Dispose of any food that in contact with flood water.

STAYING SAFE OUTDOORS
•Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
•If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
•Don’t walk on beaches or riverbanks.
•Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
•Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
•Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

If you need Red Cross assistance, please call 844-319-6560 and press 1 for disaster assistance.

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