The American Red Cross Ohio River Valley Chapter, in conjunction with the Pike County Emergency Management Agency, opened a shelter at Piketon High School last week, in response to last week's heavy storms and flooding.
Eleven families were sheltered at the high school from the flood waters, as disaster crews reported three homes destroyed, 17 had major damage, five had minor damage, and 58 other homes were affected.
“We have teams of volunteers out in all affected areas providing outreach assistance,” said Brett Lacy, executive director of the American Red Cross Ohio River Valley Chapter. “We are providing immediate needs of food, clothing, shelter, mental health and disaster health needs. We are also distributing clean-up kits to those who need them.”
The American Red Cross said it is distributing water in areas identified with contaminated well water, and advise all against using contaminated water for anything - including brushing teeth and bathing.
All assistance is provided free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money.
The shelter closed on Friday after two days of providing refuge to those affected by the Pike County flooding.
Lacy says no affected homes have been reported in the Scioto County area.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101 ext. 235.