Green army-style cots are set up with blankets at the American Red Cross' shelter in its Northwest Baltimore offices.
Green army-style cots are set up with blankets at the American Red Cross' shelter in its Northwest Baltimore offices. (Christina Tkacik / Baltimore Sun)

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in its Northwest Baltimore offices to accommodate residents affected by recent flooding.

“We’ve had several days of heavy rains,” spokesman Richard McIntire said. The entire region is under a flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon. “This is a just-in-case scenario,” he said.

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The facility can hold around 100 people, McIntire said. Volunteers said no one had yet arrived to stay by Tuesday night, but green army-style cots were set up with blankets in the building’s dormitories. There are bags of snacks and toiletries available.

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Relief from one of the Baltimore region’s wettest stretches on record arrived Thursday, but flood warnings nonetheless remained in effect through 1 p.m. after another round of soaking rain fell Wednesday night.

Staff will assess daily whether to keep the shelter open throughout the week.

McIntire said residents can prepare for emergencies by keeping cash and identification handy should they need to leave their homes quickly because of flooding or power outages.

The shelter is at 4800 Mount Hope Drive in Baltimore. Those seeking assistance or who have additional questions can call 410-624-2040 or go to redcross.org/get-help.

A sign on the door at the American Red Cross' shelter at 4800 Mount Hope Drive in Baltimore.
A sign on the door at the American Red Cross' shelter at 4800 Mount Hope Drive in Baltimore. (Christina Tkacik / Baltimore Sun)
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