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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Red Cross to set up disaster resource center today and Saturday

The Red Cross will be setting up a disaster resource center in Windom for residents hit hardest by the flooding.

The center is for residents who have either a destroyed home or homes with major flood damage. The Red Cross follows FEMA’s damage classifications.

The disaster resource center will be open to these residents at the Business, Arts and Recreation Center (BARC) library in Windom today (Friday) from 4-7 p.m., and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For a conventional home, FEMA considers major damage when:

  • Waterline is above 18 inches or above electrical outlets in an essential living space.
  • Waterline is on the first floor (regardless of depth) of a residence when basement is completely full.
  • When waterline exceeds 3 inches but is below 18 inches, damage may be major or minor depending on the following factors: duration of the flood, contaminates in the water, if waterline reached outlets, number of essential living spaces flooded.

For a conventional home, FEMA considers it destroyed when:

  • Waterline at the roofline or higher, or complete failure of two or more major structural components (e.g. collapse of basement walls, foundation, walls or roof).

For a manufactured home, FEMA considers major damage when:

  • Water has covered the floor system and entered the living space of the unit, but is still below the roofline.
  • The residence has been displaced from the foundation, block or piers and other structural components have been damaged.

For a manufactured home, FEMA considers destroyed when:

  • The residence is a total loss, for example: waterline is at the roofline or higher; or residence’s frame is bent, twisted or otherwise compromised.
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