PATERSON - As many residents are left homeless as their homes are inundated with floodwater, Red Cross shelters have opened up to house affected residents.

Officials with the Red Cross say the shelters will provide food, essentials and a place to sleep until the floodwaters recede.

"We'll get them through the emergency," said Bob Newkirk, of the Red Cross. "We'll be here as long as we need."

The Red Cross has set up numerous shelters in communities affected by the flood and will be operating for at least the next week to 10 days.

Residents trying to clean up after floodingNational Guard assisting flood rescue efforts