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As flood water begins to recede, Hancock County residents find themselves with the task of cleaning up their homes while others still wait. The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot counties closed its evacuation center at 4 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Middle School, located at 1715 North Main Street in Findlay.
"Red Cross disaster responders assisted five families Sunday with food and a safe place to wait out the flooding. The families were also provided lodging for the evening," said Todd James, executive director of the Red Cross.
Due to a lack of need, the Red Cross closed its evacuation center at 9
p.m. Sunday night. The center then reopened Monday at 10 a.m. Lunch was
provided to families and clean up kits were handed out to anyone in need. As flooding began to recede, families learned they could return to their homes Monday afternoon.
"If anyone still needs shelter this evening, we will of course help them, but we do not see a need to keep the Evacuation Center open after today," James said.
Clean up kits will be available at the Red Cross office at 125 Fair Street in Findlay from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday. The kits come in a five-gallon bucket and contain cleaning supplies including a mop, broom, disinfectant, gloves and garbage bags.
The office will be closed on Wednesday for Christmas but will reopen Thursday. Anyone needing assistance can call the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.
All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. If you'd like to make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, go online or call 419-422-9322.