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Shelter opening for flood victims in Kalona

KALONA (KWWL) -- The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Kalona Community Center for residents displaced by flash flooding.

The shelter will open at 4 p.m. and stay open through the night as needed.

Anyone with water damage in the homes due to the recent heavy rains can also pick up a clean-up kit and "Repairing Your Flooded Home" booklet at the shelter.

The shelter is located at 511 C Avenue in Kalona.

The Red Cross also provided the following tips to keep in mind when flooding is possible:

• Share your travel plans with a family member, neighbor or friend

• Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service.

• Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

• When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

• Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way -- 6 inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

• 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 2 feet of moving water.

• Keep children out of the water, as their curiosity could cause them to get too close to fast-moving flood waters.

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

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