Red Cross volunteers help NJ residents forced to evacuate because of flooding

(09/19/04) TRENTON - Saturday's rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan have caused major flooding across the Garden State. Governor James McGreevey has declared a state of emergency in four counties: Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex and Mercer as well as other areas along the Delaware River.

Because of the flooding, people in Phillipsburgh and in low-lying areas of Trenton had to be evacuated from their homes. The American Red Cross set up seven emergency shelters along the Delaware River. More than 300 people stayed at those shelters Saturday night, and they are expecting many more to stay at the shelters on Sunday with more possible flooding.

Red Cross volunteers say many people chose to stay with relatives, but others had no choice. Employees of the Water's Edge Nursing home say they were told to move all of their residents Sunday morning.

Several community members are coming out to help those forced to live in the temporary shelters. They are helping the Red Cross to hand out clean-up kits containing a broom, a mop, a bucket, disinfectant cleaner, and trash bags.

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