Red Cross chapter gets 515K for flood recovery


September 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – The Red Cross has received a $515,000 grant to help with flood recovery along the Missouri River in Iowa and Nebraska. The grant is from the Iowa West Foundation and is funded by investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives fees from casino operators – Ameristar and Harrah’s. The foundation announced the grant on Wednesday to the Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter in Council Bluffs. Officials say the funds will be used for client services, cleanup kits, support programs and to replenish the chapter’s supply of water and other items provided during sandbagging operations.

The cleanup kits will be distributed in Pottawattamie, Fremont, Harrison, and Mills in Iowa; and Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington in Nebraska.