Jefferson Co. Flood Victims Find Refuge at Local Shelter

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – Hundreds of people across the state have been affected by flooding. To help them, the Red Cross is supporting emergency shelters.

At least 150 homes have been impacted by flood waters in Jefferson County. Volunteers at a shelter in Wright are providing them all with warm meals, water or even a place to stay.

Terry Winford volunteers at the emergency shelter in Wright every day for 12 hours.

“Sure what else would we be doing?,” she says.

Winford says it helps keep her mind off other things as she too has been evacuated from her home because of flooding.

“That’s what it’s about you know, everybody has a rough time so you have to make the best out of a bad you know,” she adds.

“It’s really a tough situation, really is to see your house nearly floating,” says Dennis Phillips.

Phillips is one of dozens receiving help at the Jefferson County shelter.

He and his wife have been living in a camper trailer waiting for the waters to recede.

“They have really been helpful,” Dennis says.

Along with serving breakfast and dinner, flood victims can also get a shower or use a cot to sleep at the shelter overnight.

“Well, you got to help your neighbor,” Winford adds.

And while it’s not home, there’s definitely still heart here.

If your home has been affected by flooding, make sure to call your local county emergency office to get your address registered for government assistance.

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