TERRE HAUTE -- American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter disaster relief volunteers and staff are conducting damage assessment and working with individual families whose homes were damaged or destroyed during Tuesday's major windstorm.
The Red Cross is prepared to help with needs such as lodging, food, clothing, critical medication, clean-up kits, personal hygiene kits, mental health support and other disaster caused emergency needs.
Greene County Red Cross volunteer Teresa Ellis estimated that approximately a dozen Bloomfield homes had been destroyed or sustained major damage.
"We are conducting damage assessment and talking with the families about how the Red Cross can help. We will have better information (soon) as to the continued Red Cross response in Greene County," Ellis said.
The Chapter is also aware of one trailer destroyed in Putnam County and that family has been helped.
Families and individuals whose homes were damaged by the storm are encouraged to contact the Red Cross. Residents in Clay, Greene, Parke, Sullivan and Vermillion counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois may call the Wabash Valley Red Cross Chapter toll free at 1-866-932-3393. Vigo County residents may call 232-3393.
The chapter had sandbaggers working in Eugene, located in Vermillion County, Thursday trying to alleviate flooding waters.
In addition, the chapter opened shelter in Lyons, located in Greene County, Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Lyons Fire Hall.