Flooding displaces families in Winterhaven, San Luis
Fourteen people have been displaced after their homes became flooded Saturday.
In Winterhaven, Calif., flooding forced six adults and two children from two neighboring homes on Araz Road.
In San Luis, Ariz., flooding caused two adults and four children to leave their home near 2nd Avenue and C Street.
No injuries were reported to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.
After evaluating their needs, the Red Cross put the families in a hotel for three nights, gave each person three sets of clothing and about a week’s worth of food.
“The families didn't have anywhere else to stay,” explained Brian Gomez, Red Cross communications specialist.
The Red Cross reached out to both families on Monday.
“Normally we’ll go out when it happens, but they didn't ask for assistance until today,” Gomez said.
“Some people aren't aware of the services we offer," he added.
Gomez couldn't say how much flooding and to what extent the homes had been damaged.
Last week’s thunderstorm wreaked havoc in the region, causing property damage, extended power outages and road closures.
The storm knocked out power to about 12,000 Arizona Public Service customers and 1,000 residents of Bard, Winterhaven and other reservation residents in neighboring California.
The Quechan Indian Tribe sheltered residents at the Paradise and Quechan casinos and local motels, with help from the Red Cross.
The Red Cross also opened a shelter at Castle Dome Middle School for residents impacted by the power outages in Yuma.
The shelters closed down Sunday. “With the majority of power now restored in the area, emergency management officials in Yuma County have indicated that the shelter will not be needed on Sunday,” Todd Tamcsin, Red Cross public information officer, said.
But the Red Cross promised to remain staged in the area in case the situation changes.
With forecasts calling for more showers and thunderstorms through the week, more flooding and wind damage could be possible. AccuWeather is calling for more moisture through Saturday, with storms expected to return the following week.
In addition, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has asked that motorists be aware of road closure signs and low-lying areas with standing water.