Red Cross closes shelter that was opened for families affected by flooding in Caldwell County

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The Red Cross closed a shelter Saturday that was opened in Caldwell County Friday night due to flooding in the area.

According to the Red Cross, rain  overwhelmed much of western North Carolina the past few days, and has resulted in some community evacuations.

Working with emergency management partners, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Caldwell County for families impacted by Friay's storms.

Roads closed in the county earlier Friday due to the flooding.

Disaster trained responders were staffed to provide relief and comfort to families impacted, as well as providing food to first responders.

"A shelter has been opened in Caldwell County to provide safe refuge for anyone who has been impacted by storms," said Scott Loudermelt, executive director, Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter.

"Our volunteers stand ready to respond should additional shelters or assistance be needed. Flooding can be extremely dangerous, damaging and can be deadly. We urge our neighbors to follow guidance from local emergency management officials."

The shelter was opened at Collettsville School at 4690 Collettsville School Road in Collettsville, NC.

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to a shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

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