Press Release: Iowa 6.23.08

RED CROSS HELPS WAVERLY EVACUEES FIND NEW HOUSING
Waverly Shelter to Close

Contact: Laurel Goforth at Office: (571) 918-5585; Cell: (512) 608-7272

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Monday, June 23, 2008 – As Red Cross workers have helped flood-displaced individuals and families in Waverly locate more comfortable housing, the Red Cross shelter at Wartburg College is not currently needed. The shelter, at 100 Wartburg Blvd., closes today.

Residents in the area who find they need housing due to flood-related conditions can call the Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) toll-free to get help.

Meanwhile, Red Cross shelters are still open at:

• University of Northern Iowa, West Gymnasium, 2501 Minnesota St., Cedar Falls
• Viola Gibson Elementary School, 6101 Gibson Drive NE, Cedar Rapids
• Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave., Cedar Rapids
• North West Junior High School, 1507 8th St., Coralville
• Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Road SE, Building A, Iowa City
• West Burlington High School, 211 Ramsey St., West Burlington

Residents can also use 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) to get emergency assistance with groceries, clothing, medicine or transportation.

As the situation continues to evolve, the Red Cross will adjust shelter locations to best accommodate those in affected areas.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of flooding and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.

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