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Mon July 19, 2010
Red Cross Providing Relief For Flood Ravaged Pike County
By Alan Lytle
Lexington, KY – Winn Stephens says the Lexington office oversees some 8 community chapters, including the one at Big Sandy. Stephens says an emergency shelter has been opened at Pike Central High School.
"We had 29 people on Saturday night and 25 people there on Sunday night. We're just trying to make sure everybody has a safe place to sleep, they have some food, they have some clean water, they have the toiletry items they need, those kind of things."
Stephens says other volunteers are out in the county conducting initial damage assessments.
"They are looking at homes, they're deciding how many have been destroyed, how many have suffered major damage, how many have suffered minor damage. And once we have that damage assessment, we can have that major damage assessment taken care of, which takes one to two days typically, then we'll go back and begin our second phase which is case work."
Two people have died, and power has been knocked out for thousands, as a result of Saturday's flooding. Meanwhile, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Pike County officials are touring hardest hit areas this morning.