Unprecedented rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, following on the heels of Hurricane Irene ten days ago, has affected thousand of South Central Pennsylvania area residents.
The Red Cross is ready with a hot meal, friendly people and a warm place to stay tonight for those displaced by the flooding Susquehanna River and the numerous small streams in South Central Pennsylvania. Ten shelters are open throughout the affected region to make sure displaced residents have food and shelter during the emergency. Currently about 225 people are taking advantage of the shelters and the Red Cross expects this number to grow significantly as the waters rise throughout the evening.
Shelters will provide food, a safe place to sleep and support for local residents who have been experienced flooding or storm damage at their homes. Those coming to a shelter should bring identification, pillows, blankets and their personal medications and medical supplies with them. It is also recommended that people bring extra clothing, personal hygiene items, any infant/child items and important documents.
Open shelters are:
CUMBERLAND COUNTY Eisenhower Elementary School, 340 North 21st Street Camp Hill, Pa. 17011 Sheltering for pets is located nearby; inquire at the shelter. For more information about the shelter, please call (717) 234-3101
DAUPHIN COUNTY Rowland School 1842 Derry Street
John Harris High School 2451 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17103 Both shelter are primarily for those residents from Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire and Middletown which are/will experience flooding from the Susquehanna. Dauphin County Animal Rescue team (CART) will be available to shelter pets. For more information about the shelter, please call (717) 234-3101
LANCASTER COUNTY Donegal Middle School 1175 River Road Marietta, Pa. 17547 Lancaster County Animal Rescue will be coordinating sheltering for pets
LEBANON COUNTY Pennsylvania National Guard Armory East Cumberland Street Lebanon, PA
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (Three shelters)
Priestley Elementary School 423 Cannery Road Northumberland, PA 17857
First Baptist Church. 316 Golf Course Road Milton, PA 17847
Oaklyn Elementary School Rte 61 S. Sunbury PA 17801
UNION COUNTY Donald H Eichorn Middle School 2057 Washington Ave Lewisburg, PA 17837 There is a pet shelter run by the County Animal Rescue Team in conjunction with the shelter.
YORK COUNTY Eastern York Middle School 746 Cool Creek Road Wrightsville, PA 17368-9192 This location will service the Columbia, Wrightsville and Marietta area. Due to road closings, the shelter is best accessible from Hellam: From Rt 462 in Hellam, take Ducktown Road to Mount Pisco Road; turn right onto Cool Creek Road.
Manchester Township Municipal Building
3200 Farmtrail Road York, PA 17406 Contact number for the building is: 717-767-1954. York County Animal Rescue and the SCPA will be coordinating sheltering for pets
(Note: The Comfort Center in East Berlin, Adams County, has been closed as the need for the center has passed.)
Working with state and municipal Emergency Management personnel, the Red Cross is ready to upgrade the existing shelters or open additional shelters in appropriate locations should wide spread flooding occur as predicted. The organization is partnering with the Salvation Army to assist with food preparation at the shelters and county Animal Rescue Teams to provide for pets nearby. The shelters will be available as long as they are needed.
Help people affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross. A financial gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in the community, across the country and around the world. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions may be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4624, Lancaster, PA 17604. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting redcross.org or www.sqvalleyredcross.org.
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from caring individuals and, in part, by contributions given through the United Way.