Press Release: Iowa 6.26.08

FLOOD RECOVERY PROGRESSES IN EASTERN IOWA COMMUNITIES
Red Cross Closing Davenport and Iowa City Kitchens

Contact: Disaster Public Affairs, Telephone: (571) 918-558

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Thursday, June 26, 2008 – As utilities and other essential services are restored in eastern Iowa, the American Red Cross is scaling back its emergency meal services in Davenport and Iowa City. Red Cross field kitchens in Davenport and Iowa City will close after preparing the noon meal today.

Red Cross kitchens are still open to prepare food for delivery to residents cleaning up in flood-impacted areas across southeast Iowa. Meals are also available at the Solid Rock Baptist Church, 14041 Locust St. in Wapello from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. daily.

In West Burlington, people who have been staying in the Red Cross shelter in the Arnold Junior/Senior High School at 408 W. Van Weiss Blvd. have moved into other temporary housing, allowing the shelter to close Wednesday. The school remains open as a service delivery site where flood-impacted residents can meet with Red Cross workers one-on-one to receive help for their immediate emergency needs.

Several shelters and service delivery sites remain open in eastern Iowa.

Red Cross shelters:

• 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

Red Cross service delivery sites (open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday for emergency assistance):

• Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids (former Osco’s next to JC Penney)
• Sycamore Plaza, 1600 Sycamore St., Iowa City
• American Red Cross of Quad Cities, 1100 River Drive, Moline, Ill.
• L&M Elementary School, 14506 170th St., Letts
• Arnold Junior/Senior High School, 408 W. Van Weiss Blvd., West Burlington

Red Cross volunteers will also be handing out clean-up supplies, such as gloves, buckets and bleach from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at:

• Sam’s Shopping Center, 2605 Blairs Berry Road NE, Cedar Rapids
• Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids
• Sycamore Mall, 1676 Sycamore St., Iowa City
• L&M Elementary School, 14506 170th St., Letts
• Solid Rock Baptist Church, 14041 Locust St., Wapello
• Arnold Junior/Senior High School, 408 W. Van Weiss Blvd., West Burlington

Emergency assistance may include providing the means to pay for groceries, clothing, medicine, tools or transportation. It may also help cover rent or minor repairs that will help people get back into their home more quickly. Individuals or families who apply to the Red Cross for assistance must bring some form of identification showing their address, as proof that they lived in the area affected by the disaster.

Disaster victims, who because of age, physical difficulty, or similar reasons cannot come to a Red Cross Service Center, may call 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) toll-free to discuss assistance.

The Red Cross will continue to adjust services across Iowa as needs change for shelters, meals, snacks, clean-up supplies, physical and mental health services and individual client assistance.

Red Cross assistance to date in Iowa (as of June 25):

• The Red Cross and its partner organizations have opened 35 shelters with more than 5,400 overnight stays.
• Served 460,000 meals and snacks.
• Fielded 44 emergency response vehicles and more than 1,623 Red Cross workers.
• Made more than 9,800 first aid and mental health contacts.
• Distributed more than 24,000 clean-up kits.

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 www.redcross.org.

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