Red Cross opens shelters, Nez Perce Tribe declares emergency as South Fork Clearwater hits flood stage

The American Red Cross of Idaho and its partners have opened a shelter for people affected by flooding in the Kamiah, Kooskia and Stites areas.

The Life Center Pentecostal Church at 4432 U.S. Highway 12 in Kamiah will serve people in Idaho and Lewis counties as the South Fork of the Clearwater River rises to record levels.

Church volunteers will help run the shelter, and the Red Cross will assist with supplies.

Red Cross shelters provide meals, a safe pace to stay, information and access to other community resources. All people are welcome at the shelter and services are free. No reservations are required.

Anyone wishing more information may call the Idaho Red Cross at (800) 853-2570.

Additionally, the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee has declared a state of emergency in flood zones.

People in those areas are advised to be prepared to evacuate. Officials say those affected should only pack essential items, like medications, clothing and toiletries.

The Pi-Nee Waus Community Center in Lapwai and the Wa-A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah have been set up for shelters with supplies for those who may need them.  (Lewiston Tribune)

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