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Red Cross helps flood evacuees in Georgetown County

Source: Dustin Ivy Source: Dustin Ivy

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Representatives with the Eastern South Carolina American Red Cross expect to open more shelters through the weekend as the need grows with more riverfront communities anticipating more flooding.

To donate to the Red Cross to directly support those affected by the flooding, click here.

Judy DelSignore is a public information officer and volunteer for the Red Cross. She is encouraging anyone in a riverfront community to be on heightened alert. There is no mandatory evacuation for Georgetown County. But you should be prepared to evacuate if things get worse.

"So people need to be ready to evacuate,” says DelSignore. “Have a go kit with just some important things in it. So that if someone calls you or you hear someone coming through the neighborhood saying it's time to go, you can grab the kit."

The Red Cross volunteers are busy coordinating efforts across the state in all the affected counties at the emergency operations center in Horry County. The biggest need they continue to hear from resident wanting more information about evacuating and what to expect.

The Red Cross does have access to update road closure information and safe exit routes. The volunteers will also refer people to the county for any specific road concerns.

If you decide to evacuate and make your way to a shelter, make sure you bring all your important documents and medication. Also bring anything that will help you feel more comfortable, like pillows, games, or snacks.

"Bring your own pillow, bring your own blanket,” says DelSignore. “That's always a sense of security. I don't care if you're 12 or 24. It doesn't matter if you're 104. So have people bring that with them. Bring some snacks and water for yourselves. Because again, because as we're having difficulty getting out, people also are."

If you would like to find a nearby Red Cross shelter, click here.

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