Local Red Cross prepping for flooding

The Missouri River is located in 11 of the 21 counties that are served by the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

With the potential for major flooding, the chapter is getting ready to help residents who may be affected.

“We’ve been working with emergency management directors in these counties, and we’ve put volunteers trained in running and setting up emergency shelters on standby,” said Capital chapter CEO Beth Bauer. “We have to be ready to open shelters quickly.”

Bauer said this just adds to what has already been a busy spring.

“We still have personnel at the State Emergency Operation Center at Ike Skelton Training Center who have been helping with recovery efforts after the Joplin tornado,” she said. “We are there 14 hours a day, making sure Red Cross responses are organized.”

As the waters start to rise, Bauer said, they will start looking at moving resources.

“We are looking at places that have flooded traditionally, but it may not be as devastating as in 1993, because with flood mitigation many people moved out of those areas,” she said.

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