The Gage County Red Cross Chapter is helping residents in the Peru and Nemaha areas of southeast Nebraska, as sandbagging continues along the flooding Missouri River.
Chapter director Rosemary Niemeier says they’ve brought a van filled with supplies, along with a couple of volunteers.
Some families figure they may be out of their homes for a couple of months, if they even have homes to go back to, Niemeier says. Most of the people who’ve lived there for a while have a plan in this situation but this flood is affecting a greater number of people.
Niemeier says last year, some vacation homes near Rulo were underwater and lowland areas flooded, but, this year’s flooding is expected to be far more serious, given heavy rain and mountain snowpack. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water from reservoirs to help make room for the melting and runoff.
Niemeier says the chapter has been called upon to assist in the northern plains, as well. They’ve deployed a mental health volunteer to Bismarck, North Dakota, as there’s flooding there, too.
Local Red Cross chapters are sometimes called to other areas of the country to assist. She says volunteers need to have flexible schedules, to be able to take time off from work or school.
With devastating tornadoes and flooding across the U-S, Niemeier says there is a need for monetary support for Red Cross efforts. You can donate by visiting the website: www.redcross.org
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice