Red Cross helps western IA flood victims


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Omaha, NE. (AP) — Families in Mills County who were affected by this year’s flooding along the Missouri River may be able to get as much as $1,000 from the American Red Cross. The Loess Hills Chapter of the Red Cross is offering the money to flood victims.

Julie Chavez says she hopes her family will qualify for the Red Cross money, because they were unable to get help from FEMA. Chavez says her family’s home was surrounded by floodwaters in June, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers released massive amounts of water from dams located along the Missouri River earlier this year, to deal with heavy rains and above-average snowmelt, causing record flooding in Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri.