Mid-South Red Cross Responds to Flash Flooding
Four-year old Catharina Barranca digs into her dinner at the Hickory Hill Community Center shelter. Photo Credit: Robert W. Wallace/American Red Cross
On Saturday, June 28 and the following Sunday morning torrential thunderstorms delivered between 5-8 inches of rain to the Mid-South, causing severe flooding to some areas of Memphis and Eastern Arkansas. On Sunday, the Mid-South Red Cross quickly opened a shelter at the Hickory Hills Community Center in Memphis, where 164 people spent the night. Many of the people at the shelter had waded out of their homes in chest deep water with only the few possessions they could carry. Others were rescued by boat by the Memphis Fire Department.
During the flooding emergency and the week following the Red Cross responded quickly and efficiently to provide humanitarian assistance, including:
- shelter to 196 individuals with a total of 337 overnight stays.
- casework assistance to 92 families, 336 people.
- more than 2,900 meals and snacks.
- distribution of more than 1,600 care items: blankets, comfort kits, cleanup kits, teddy bears, bulk supplies.
- engagement with 106 Disaster Workforce Responders (paid and volunteer staff)
- support by Red Cross volunteers from the Mid-South Chapter, Nashville Chapter, Two Rivers Chapter, Jackson Area Chapter, Heart of Tennessee Chapter and Northeast Arkansas Chapter
- collaboration with numerous community partners including: Barron Heights, Brown Baptist Church, Catholic Charities, Church of the River, City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management, City of Memphis Office on Multi-Cultural Affairs, Crittenden County EMA, Crittenden County Fire Department, Latino Memphis, Life Church of Memphis, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Food Bank, Memphis Parks and Recreation, Memphis Police, Neighborhood Christian Center, Shelby County Health Department, University of Memphis, and others.