Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Two days have passed since the floods devastated parts of our region, leaving some families with no homes to return to. The Red Cross has set up a temporary relief shelter within the Maltese Hall in Bensalem for those forced from their homes due to this week’s flooding.
The site remained busy Tuesday, helping people in Bucks County after more than 10 inches of rain fell in some places earlier this week, forcing many from their homes.
“They’re just trying to find a safe place right now, and when can they go back and if they can go back,” said Guy Triano, Regional Executive Director for the Southeast Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross had several teams of disaster workers in Bucks County today helping after yesterday’s 100-year flood event. An additional 45 people were provided with Red Cross emergency assistance today, bringing the total since Monday evening to about 100 Bucks County residents. pic.twitter.com/Va4Ilj1gzS
— Red Cross Southeastern PA (@RedCrossPhilly) July 14, 2021
Víctor Colón’s family, residents of Bensalem, are the refugees.
“I spoke with the owner, they do not know what is happening at the moment. Everything is in the air, ”the Red Cross shared in a statement.
Colon was one of more than 100 people who had to leave the Lafayette Gardens Condominiums after Poquessing Creek was flooded.
“I had to get my children out the window so they could put them in boats. I had to put on life jackets, my daughter was crying hysterically. Their children want to go back, how do you tell them that we can’t go back, how do you tell them that we have to start over, “said Colón.
County and local emergency management and public works officials went street-to-street Tuesday to assess the damage and speak with homeowners.
At the Red Cross command center, officials helped people settle into hotel rooms Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Bucks County is urging anyone with property damage to report it to their local municipality.