Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Lindsborg for area flood victims.
An emergency shelter has opened at the Smoky Valley High School, located at 1 Viking Drive. The Red Cross will be assessing the damage and working with victims to determine additional needs.
Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell in about an hour Monday. City officials said a retention pond couldn't hold all the water, causing flooding in the streets and about 50 homes on the town's north side.
McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster says emergency crews had to evacuate about 35 to 40 people on Monday because of the flooding. The crews used boats to evacuate some of the residents. Only one injury was reported.
"We will be working with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the flood get back on their feet," said," said Karin Hecker, North Central Kansas Chapter Executive Director. "The Red Cross will keep shelters open as long as needed, in addition to providing mobile feeding and mental health support to those affected by the flood."
The Associated Press contributed to this report