Monday, August 29, 2016

Rain, Hail and Flooding Prompts Red Cross Response

By Bill Fortune

Hail piled up in the Colorado Springs area. Photo
by American Red Cross
Strong storms brought mountains of hail and buckets of rain to the Colorado Springs area. Roads were closed, homes flooded and streams threatened to overflow. Hail was 4 to 5 feet deep in some places and rainfall of more than 2 inches caused flash flooding that stranded motorists and forced water rescues.

Volunteers from the Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado were called out to help. Seven disaster responders trudged through the hail and deep water going door-to-door to find out who needed help. "We went to more than 60 homes between Prospect and Logan Streets," said Cori Tanner, Disaster Action Team Captain. "Some of these homes had 4 and 5 feet of hail in their basements."

The team was out in the elements for more than 4 hours and by the end of the evening they were cold and tired but happy they were able to help. They opened three client cases which provided support to five people. Many of those that they met with had already found a place to stay overnight and everyone knows the real work will start tomorrow.
Red Cross volunteers go door-to-door to find
out who needs help after devastating hail and floods.
Photo by American Red Cross

"We expect that we will get calls for help tomorrow," Tanner said. "When people see how much damage they received they will be reaching out to us for help."

If you, or someone you know, has suffered damage caused by the storms in the Colorado Springs area Monday evening, and you feel you need support from the Red Cross, please call our casework number 719-785-2768. Leave a message and a caseworker will call you back.

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