Red Cross shelters open in parish after flood

Published 7:13 am Friday, March 11, 2016

The American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters to assist those affected by ongoing floods. Red Cross workers are providing a safe place to stay and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs. The Red Cross continues to work with parish officials on developments.

The following Red Cross shelters are open in Washington Parish:

  • Franklinton High School – 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton, La. 70438
  • ESM United Methodist Church – 510 Avenue B, Bogalusa, La. 70427

“Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those impacted by these relentless storms,” said Kay W. Wilkins, chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana. “Red Cross disaster teams are helping now and will continue to help for weeks to come.”

Anyone evacuating should bring essential items for each member of the family:

— Prescriptions and emergency medications

— Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

— Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

— Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

— Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

— Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

— Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

— Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

With more severe weather forecasted through the week, the Red Cross encourages everyone to prepare.

Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

Keep children and pets out of the water, as they are curious and can be harmed by flowing or contaminated water.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

For more information on what to do before, during and after a flood, visit