UPDATE: The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties closed the shelter early Friday evening, after all who were staying there were able to return home.
(American Red Cross - news release) The American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties is pleased to announce that it closed its shelter operation at 7:00 pm this evening. Although, the Red Cross originally planned to keep the shelter open overnight, the remaining two families were able to return to their homes late on Friday allowing the Red Cross to close operation sooner than anticipated. The shelter was opened on Thursday evening at its facility at 501 West Market Street to house and feed three local families -- 10 individuals in all -- who were displaced by the flooding in west Akron following a water main break.
(Earlier ANN coverage) Due to the flooding caused by a broken water main off West Market Street, some Akron families are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties
Mike Taylor, Communications Specialist for the Northeast Ohio Region of the Red Cross says they opened a shelter at their West Market Street facility around 7 pm. Thursday evening to help those who had to evacuate their homes.
"We brought some people in to our building three families - 10 individuals in all - and they have been sheltered there throughout the night," he explained.
Taylor tells AkronNewsNow.com the three families are currently at the shelter until alternative housing accommodations can be made.
He (Taylor) says the families are getting the basic essentials of housing and food after getting displaced from their homes last evening.
The flooding happened along West North Street, Valley Street and Gold Street Thursday night after a 36-inch water main burst.