Red Cross Shelter now open for flood victims

By SUSAN AMUNDSON,

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at New Life Church on Eagle Day Avenue for people whose homes have been affected by the rising flood waters. At 1:15 p.m. today the Pearl River was at 25.13 feet and still expected to crest sometime on Sunday at 25.5 feet.

The shelter is set up in the parking lot of the church and is open as of Saturday afternoon.

The city and county have had to do some water rescues, including one this afternoon on Dean Griner Drive. Emergency personnel, including the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia Police Department, Foxworth Volunteer Fire Department and Columbia Fire Department, were on the scene. Foxworth firefighters used their high water vehicle with members of the sheriff’s office to travel through the high water to rescue eight people and several dogs who were stranded.

Pictured Above: New Life Fellowship Church is the location of the Red Cross Shelter set up to help flood victims. Photo by Susan Amundson.

George Johnson and Hannah Rosalie Pittman hold some of their animals Saturday as they are lowered from the high water vehicle on Dean Griner Drive.

 

Investigator Pete Williams of the Marion County Sheriff's Office hangs on the back of a high water vehicle of the Foxworth Fire Department as it travels down the flooded Dean Griner Drive Saturday. Eight people and several dogs were rescued from the rising water.