April showers are normally welcomed for the May flowers they will bring. But this April, showers turned into a fierce Nor'easter, leaving many across the Eastern seaboard wondering how they will manage in the months to come.
Jessica Hathaway, mother of two with another on the way, was at home Sunday evening when the storm blew into Bound Brook, N.J. At first she wasn't concerned.
Jessica Hathaway ponders her future after the Nor'easter devastated her home.
"I have seen water rising before on my street so I didn't think it would be this bad," she said. "But later that evening the waters started rushing into my house."
A little while later she looked out and saw a motor boat going down her street.
She gathered up her children, quickly grabbed some clothing and found shelter with a friend.
Five days later, Jessica had her first chance to return home.
"I have been flooded two other times, but this is the worst," she said. "There is mud everywhere, my furniture is ruined, and all of my kids' toys are destroyed."
Jessica has a job at a heating and ventilating business but is on leave until the baby arrives. She's already worried about living from paycheck to paycheck.
"Now I don't know how I'll be able to get back on my feet," she said.
The American Red Cross is already working throughout flood-affected areas from New Jersey north into New England, to help Jessica and thousands of others.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers have opened shelters and are providing food, water and comfort to flood evacuees throughout the Raritan River watershed. Trained Red Cross casework volunteers will be meeting with families to provide emergency assistance and help them plan their roads to recovery.
For those who have medical or emotional issues, disaster health and mental health workers are available to help.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.