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Red Cross Helping With Flooding Issues

Last updated on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

(PRARIETON) - Flooding continues to plague certain neighborhoods along the Wabash River. Emergency workers are dealing with the immediate flooding, but when the waters recede the troubles don’t go with them.

Matt Gregory of WTHI reports that the Wabash River continues to work its way towards cresting throughout the Wabash Valley. Even as the river begins to fall in southern Vigo County, some folks are still in a difficult situation.

That's why emergency workers like the Red Cross are not only working now, but into the future to help make a difficult situation a little bit more manageable.

"With disasters like a fire it happens its done and the family can immediately start the grieving process and moving into a recovery process," Carol Stevens of the Red Cross said Tuesday.

A flood is anything but an instant disaster. Out near Prarierton, IN folks are still sandbagging their homes and returning to their houses from work by boat.

While folks continue to fight the tide, Red Cross and other emergency groups are right there with them; sandbagging levees, homes, and in some cases getting folks to dry land.

"With flooding you can watch the water rise, you can watch it rise into your home," Stevens said. "For those homes that actually have water in them then you have to sit and wait until the water recedes."

Red Cross says they've had many calls for help this week, but none for shelter yet. Even so, they stay alert because they know the real help they offer will come even after these waters return to the river.

"We'll probably be doing some bulk distribution in the affected areas. Things like clean up kits bleach and garbage bags things families can use in their clean up process," Stevens said.

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