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Red Cross opens shelter after metro Detroit flooding

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(WJBK) - The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter in metro Detroit to help those affected by flooding.

The shelter is at Garden City Middle School, located at 1581 Radcliff. The shelter offers a place for people to stay, get a hot meal, receive minor first aid and find other support. The Red Cross announced the opening Tuesday night and says Wednesday morning that four people stayed there.

Regional Disaster Program Officer Steve Bosau says in a statement that in the coming days the Southeastern Michigan Chapter will coordinate with emergency officials and communities.

Red Cross volunteers have been sent to communities including Detroit, Warren, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. The storms on Monday dumped more than 6 inches of rain in places, stranding motorists and flooding homes.

The Red Cross recommends those affected by the floods to continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

Remember to look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

Online: http://www.redcross.org
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