The Red Cross supported shelter in Cherokee County, Alabama continues to shelter and feed those impacted by floods. Many impacted residents are living in hotels, staying with friends or relatives or simply trying to shelter in place.
The shelter populations changes day to day with an average of 9 clients. 918 meals served and 2139 snacks have been served in the shelter since it opened on Sunday, February 24.
“We will continue to have boots on the ground as long as it takes,” said Will Battle, Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist and Site director. Battle says that volunteers are currently in the community assessing areas as they become assessable. “We currently have around 42 volunteers and staff in the county,” Battle says.
Long term Red Cross volunteer and Cherokee County native, Jeremy Goodwin has been working in the shelter since it opened. “It just breaks your heart to see so many people suffering,” Goodwin said. “But we are a strong community and we will get through this,” Goodwin said.
Weiss Lake set a new historical flood record and devastated the communities of Cedar Bluff, Leesburg, Centre and Spring Creek and Ellisville.