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Findlay Residents Thank the Red Cross Following Floods
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Allen Crabtree , Public Affairs Volunteer, Southern Maine Chapter
 
September 4, 2007
The residents of the Brookside Drive neighborhood lay down their shovels and wheelbarrows when they hear Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) #2155’s air horn coming down their street. They walk out to the curb to meet the ERV and its crew, whom they are getting to know as old friends. The Red Cross is here with a hot meal, some cold water, and encouraging words for them as they face the daunting task of digging out and cleaning up from the floods.

“The Red Cross has just been wonderful for us,” said homeowner Faye Lane. “We hear them coming along the street and we know it is time to take a break and eat. The first time my neighbors and I heard the ERV air horn we didn’t know what it was, but now it is as familiar and welcome as a dinner bell.”

A Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle is loaded with food, water, and supplies at the Southern Baptist kitchen prior to delivering hot meals to flood-impacted neighborhoods.
A Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle is loaded with food, water, and supplies at the Southern Baptist kitchen prior to delivering hot meals to flood-impacted neighborhoods.
(Photo Credit: Allen Crabtree/American Red Cross)

She continued, “There is so much to do to clean up. I can’t tell you how helpful all the Red Cross support has been to help us get back on our feet.”

 

Lane said that of the 28 years she and her family have lived on Brookside Drive, these were the second floods she has experienced here and that the most recent flooding came on particularly fast. By 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday the water was waist deep in their basement. By the time the fire department came by boat to evacuate her husband and son at 9:15 p.m., the water had filled their basement and was coming into the first floor of the house.

The Lane family, with help from their loved ones and neighbors, have now cleaned out the basement and ripped away drywall and insulation. Everything that was damaged by flood waters on the first floor and in the garage has also been removed.

Each one of the dozen crew members working on the cleanup have had their tetanus shots and the Lane’s have been visited by a Red Cross case worker doing outreach. One of their neighbors whose lawn mower was not damaged by the flooding has mowed all their lawns as well, just to help out.

The Lane’s are one of the more fortunate families in the flooded neighborhoods in Findlay. Not too far away, James Bowling has lost everything. He is a renter at East Main Cross Street and lost everything when the water rose to five feet deep in his apartment. The building has been condemned as unsafe and the landlord has said that he is not going to repair it and it will likely be torn down.

This sign, posted on the side of a condemned home in Findley, expresses the sentiments of many impacted by the floods in North Central Ohio.  Shown here are the Red Cross volunteer crew of ERV 2165, (l-r) Joseph Molnar, Sue Richardson, and Julie Bauer.
This sign, posted on the side of a condemned home in Findley, expresses the sentiments of many impacted by the floods in North Central Ohio. Shown here are the Red Cross volunteer crew of ERV 2165, (l-r) Joseph Molnar, Sue Richardson, and Julie Bauer.
(Photo Credit: Allen Crabtree/American Red Cross)

 

Members of the Calvary Baptist Church have come to help Bowling remove flood damaged furniture and clothes from the apartment and to salvage what personal effects they could. Bowling has fortunately found another place to stay temporarily.

Despite this tragedy, he still is thankful for all the help that the American Red Cross has provided to him and the community since the floods. He told Red Cross volunteer Joseph Molnar driving ERV #2165 that he had lived all of his live in Findlay and Toledo, and couldn’t say enough about the Red Cross. Bowling drew a large sign and posted it on the side of his building that said “Thank you American Red Cross for all that you are doing.”

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.


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