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Red Cross Volume Doubled in Wake of Storms

Severe storms and tornadoes touched down in Indiana Wednesday leaving thousands still without power.

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Photo: Noel Brennen (WFIU News)

A tree fell into Campus Walk apartments, causing substantial damage.

Several tornadoes touched down in Indiana Wednesday leaving thousands still without power. According to Duke Energy, more than 7,500 Hoosiers are still without power of those 2,000 are in Monroe County Friday. One local organization that assists with providing emergency shelter was without the essentials to help those displaced by the storm.

Executive Director, Monroe County Red Cross Sue Gulley said their volume has increased. “Yesterday our chapter house was without power, phone service, and an internet connection. We actually had our after-hours calls, routed to our cell phones,” said Gulley.

The Red Cross did get their power restored Friday and calls have doubled. The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter for people displaced by the storms at the First United Methodist Church at corner of 4th and Lincoln in Bloomington. Gulley says they will likely be open through the holiday weekend.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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