Nonprofits were there to help flood victims

Nonprofit organizations jumped in quickly this week to provide timely, important information and advice for Mid-Willamette Valley residents and businesses dealing with sudden flood waters.

The American Red Cross Willamette Chapter tweeted a link to its “Flood Safety Checklist.” Among the most helpful items in the list as creeks and the Willamette reached their crests were those under “What do I do after a flood?” The Red Cross also set up a temporary shelter in Aumsville.

HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley put out an immediate call via the Web and Facebook with urgent needs for volunteers to help fill sandbags to hold back the rising waters.

211Info in Marion-Polk and Linn-Benton-Lincoln counties kept phone lines open longer hours to accommodate callers looking for information.

Salem Public Library and Center 50 Plus opened rooms for temporary shelter.

Community radio station KMUZ provided constant updates and posted steadily to its Facebook page, even during and after the station had to sign off temporarily while it relocated its studio when waters flooded its home at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill.

The water was receding in many areas Friday morning, but a new storm is expected later in the day.

Photo by City of Independence

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