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Red Cross shelter in Carthage to remain open Thursday night

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CARTHAGE — The emergency shelter opened Wednesday at the American Legion Post on West Street will remain open tonight for those displaced from their homes because of recent flooding.

Three residents were at the shelter late Thursday afternoon, and the shelter is prepared to house more if necessary.

Cots, blankets, food and personal-hygiene items are available to those in need.

Those not displaced by the flood can receive help from the Red Cross in other ways.

Cleanup kits, including a broom, mop, bleach, bucket, gloves, trash bags and other cleaning supplies are available to homeowners affected by the flooding in Jefferson County. The time and location for the distribution of the kits is not yet known.

Local businesses have contributed bottled water for those in the Lowville area. Pepsi, P&C, Price Chopper and Walmart all contributed either bottles or gallon jugs of clean drinking water. The distribution of the water will be handled by the Lewis County Emergency Management office.

“Getting help into the hands of residents as quickly as possible is the priority of the Red Cross in times of disaster,” said Jane G. Gendron, community executive of the American Red Cross of Northern New York.

Red Cross volunteers will visit the affected areas to determine damage to the homes and work with the residents affected on both short-term cleanup and long-term recovery.

“From our experience with floods and other disasters, direct distribution of relief items along with our outreach visits will speed up the recovery efforts for the affected residents in Northern New York,” Ms. Gendron said.

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