American Red Cross Evaluates Flood Damage

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MOFFETT (KFSM) --  Volunteers with the American Red Cross met with city leaders, fire crews, residents and police officers on Monday (Jan. 4).

People in the town, a week before, were evacuated when the rise of the Arkansas River caused the entire city to flood.  The American Red Cross opened a shelter near by to house families and also paid for some to stay in motels.

Now that residents are back in their homes, volunteers with the American Red Cross are  passing out cleaning kits, which kits contain supplies such as bleach, gloves and other supplies.

"Mold and mildew will be a major factor that will come into play in the next few days," said Travis Cooper with the American Red Cross.

In addition to the cleaning kits, volunteers handed out flyers warning residents of mold growth in their home.

Cooper said 27 homes were damaged by water due to flooding in Moffett. His team also assessed the damage in Crawford and Sebastian counties.

The group Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, out of Oklahoma City, teamed up with the American Red Cross to help with bigger clean up jobs.

"We come in and rip out walls two feet above the water line, take out cabinets, carpets and then come back in and disinfect with bleach water," said David Johnson with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief .

Johnson worked with volunteers of Morning Star Baptist Church in Moffett where water stood in the building about two feet.

Johnson said volunteers will help church members once their work in Poteau, Okla. is complete.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross ask that anyone needing assistance because of flood damage to contact them at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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