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Red Cross Opens Shelter; Authorities Seek Damage Reports

The American Red Cross is opening an emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington at the corner of 4th and Lincoln today. Cots, blankets, coffee and water will be provided and an evening meal will be served. Parents with children are asked to bring toys, books and other items to keep them entertained.

Many residents are seeking help after the storms last night. Duke Energy reports 28,000 people are without power throughout Indiana this afternoon while REMC has about 560 customers without power.

Officials from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are asking residents with damage reports from the May 25 storms to report them online here. Click on “Report Damage Beginning April 18, 2011 and Continuing – Wind and Flooding.” The reports are being combined with previous damage from severe weather that began April 18.

“Individuals with uninsured damage from the severe weather must report quickly,” said IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “The faster we can assess the situation, the better, especially if the determination is to pursue federal assistance. Even if you aren’t intending to apply for assistance, your report of uninsured damage will help the state and your neighbors in assessing the case to request federal assistance.”

Individuals will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, damage to property and type of damage the property sustained. Losses can include structural damage to homes and loss of personal property.

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