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Thursday, 20 July 2017 11:36

Red Cross to open resource center to help with flooding damage

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The heavy rains July 12 and 13 produced flooding in Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties. The water affected roadways, bridges, dams and homes, like this neighborhood in Elkhorn. The heavy rains July 12 and 13 produced flooding in Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties. The water affected roadways, bridges, dams and homes, like this neighborhood in Elkhorn. Terry Mayer/staff

The Red Cross will help Walworth County residents affected by last week’s heavy rains and flooding by opening a Multi-Agency Response Center Friday, July 21, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services building, W4051 County Highway NN in Elkhorn.

Agencies such as the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse will be available to provide resources and help with cleanup.  

For more information, call the Department of Health and Human Services at 262-741-3200.

Emergency management directors in Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties are continuing to assess flooding damage. According to a July 19 release from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, 175 homes were affected by the flooding, including five with major damage and two that were destroyed; 1,300 homes in Kenosha County, and 2,292 homes in Racine counties were affected.

Ten businesses in Walworth County reported minor damage. So far, the county has reported $2.6 million in damages to public roads, bridges, dams and other public infrastructures.

Four businesses in Kenosha County reported major damages. Six businesses in Racine County reported major damage, and 16 reported minor damages.

Damage to public infrastructures was reported at $3.9 million in Racine County and $1.7 million in Kenosha County.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, thunderstorms will move into southeastern Wisconsin on Friday afternoon and continue into the evening hours before ending on Saturday.

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