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American Red Cross Responds to Novinger Flooding

American Red Cross Responds to Novinger Flooding
Families Forced From Their Homes Early Friday

Kirksville, MO- North Central Missouri Red Cross staff and volunteers responded to Novinger early this afternoon after sheriff’s deputies reported residents were forced from their homes. Approximately eight families with homes in low-lying areas near state highway O were flooded. The chapter has also been contacted by one family in Macon County, and is in the process of assessing that situation. They expect to hear from more families who may have been displaced over the weekend.

“The first thing we do is ensure that everyone has a place to stay,” said Sheila McCartney, volunteer Emergency Services Coordinator. “We met with several families this afternoon, and while most of them had family or friends to stay with, we did provide lodging for one household.”

While the most recent forecast predicts the Chariton River will crest at Novinger early this evening and fall below flood stage tomorrow, heavy rain is predicted for tonight and more rain later in the weekend.
American Red Cross staff and volunteers continue to monitor conditions in North Central Missouri. One month ago, June 25, the chapter coordinated sheltering of Linn County residents following nine inches of rain in four hours.

The Red Cross encourages anyone who may have been forced out of their home by flooding to contact the chapter office at 660.665.5686. All Red Cross disaster assistance is provided free of charge, made possible through donations. To help victims of this and other local disasters, please contact the North Central Missouri Chapter, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 257, Kirksville, MO 63501, or by phone at 660.665.5686.