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Following flooding, food pantry available for those in need

Monday, June 9, 2008

Clay County residents were swamped following a weekend flooded with rain.

County Emergency Food Pantry Director Norma Brown said business will continue to run as normal. However, she added if there is an influx of people in need, hours will change.

"If it gets to be a real need, we will (change hours), of course," Brown said.

The pantry is open Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon.

Brown said there have been no discussions of adding hours despite the weekend rains that added 4-11 inches of rain in an already drenched county.

Brown did say, however, that if there is an emergency, she will open the pantry sooner than normal.

Residents were lined up Monday morning to receive clothes and food at the pantry but employees said it was no more than usual.

But Brown said some of the residents that arrived at the pantry Monday morning had been affected by the floods.

"I've had people so far down in the bottoms that they got flooded out and they were asking for furniture, which we don't have," Brown said. "I'm sure it's going to be bad."

Brown added one person whom arrived at the pantry Monday morning said they had lost all of their clothing and were told not to wash the clothes or keep them.

"I knew that we would be affected by what went down," Brown said.

Brown added with the flooding, demand for clothing and food at the pantry will be higher than normal, saying the pantry would more than likely be in need of donations, including furniture, clothing and household items.

For more information, call 446-2231 or 448-8854.

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