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Red Cross: 27 people stay at Upstate shelter after severe storms destroy dozens of homes; cleanup starts

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The American Red Cross said as many as 75 people were likely displaced by severe storms that hit the Upstate area on Monday.

According to Red Cross officials, an estimated 25 to 30 homes were damaged, mostly in Abbeville, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.

For individuals displaced, the Red Cross opened a shelter at First Baptist Church on East Main Street in Spartanburg.

"While we are thankful no one was hurt during the storm, the damaged left behind reminds us to always be prepared whenever there is the threat of severe weather," said Regional CEO Louise Welch Williams. "Our dedicated disaster workers will work side-by-side those impacted by Monday's weather to make sure they have everything they need.

Tuesday morning, Red Cross officials said an estimated 27 people stayed in the shelter Monday night. Those occupants were fed by members of First Baptist Church.

On Tuesday, Red Cross volunteers will begin cleanup efforts for dozens of people, they say. Here is a list of tasks volunteers will work to accomplish:

  • Disaster-Trained Volunteers will begin assessing the damage throughout Spartanburg County.  That area saw the worst of the storm, with a number of homes suffering damage. The volunteers will split up into four teams in areas throughout the county.
  • Volunteers will also begin working with those impacted by the storm to help them plan their clean-up.
  • Crews will hand out mass care items, including snacks and water.
  • The Red Cross will continue working with its community and government partners to keep the shelter operating for as long as is needed.

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