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AmeriCares has shipped a truck containing more than 35,000 bottles of water to our partner in Indiana to aid in the relief efforts following the recent flooding in the state. Thunderstorms on June 7 had devastating effects in the region, dropping record rainfall in a brief period of time throughout the Midwest and causing flooding that forced people from homes, hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
Parts of Morgan County, in south-central Indiana, received 11 inches of rain in a 16-hour period, or as much rain as the county would typically receive all summer. Approximately 1,230 residents of Morgan County spent Saturday night in a shelter, and overall 87,000 customers of Indiana’s Duke Energy lost power during the storm.
The bottled water is being distributed to victims of the flooding as well as those assisting in the relief efforts, and delivered to community centers, schools, shelters and other gathering places for those displaced.
AmeriCares has been working in conjunction with Nestlé Waters, which donated the bottled water, and Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN), which is based in Elkhart, Ind. AmeriCares also partnered with HCRN following last year’s level 5 tornado in Greensburg, Kan.
The flooding in Indiana is a continuation of an unusually active storm season. According to the National Weather Service, the United States is on pace for a record number of tornadoes in 2008. In late May, AmeriCares shipped a truck of bottled water to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa, to aid in the recovery from the strongest tornado to hit that state in 32 years.Support the AmeriCares U.S. Disaster Relief Fund >>