It’s been three days since the rain storm flooded Clearfield and destroyed homes.  Now, the community has come together to help each other out.
 
The residents say the rain was “devastating.”  
 
Louie Carns, who’s basement flooded, said, “It’s just a mess.”  Carns was inside of his garage when the storm hit.  The first thing he did was run outside and start helping his neighbors.
 
“I just went and stomped through water and  helped people get whatever and it was different, it was different,” said Carns.  Now, Carns is dealing with a destroyed cellar, broken gas furnace, and lots of mud.  But he’s being helped by the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  They’ve teamed up to provide shelter and assistance to people affected by the flood.
 
Nicholas Garbacz, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross, said, “People never think that something will happen to them.  People are very resilient here and independent, but what I want to say is, we’re here to help each other.”
 
The two organizations have set up a shelter in the Third Ward Fire Hall at Park and Martin Streets in Clearfield. 
 
Robert Thomas, Major at the Salvation Army, said, “Two agencies working together. They have their job to do we have our job to do and its working.  The community has been very open.”
 
The Salvation Army is offering clean-up kits and food.  On Saturday night, they fed more than 200 people.  
 
“We’re here to serve the community and the best way we can serve the community is give them what they need,” said Major Thomas. 
 
The Red Cross has volunteers who are speaking with people, assessing the damage to their homes and working to figure out what kind of assistance they can provide. 
 
“Did they lose medication? or do they need to replace something in their home? So our caseworkers can look at services we have available and also what our partners might have available,” said Garbacz.
 
Both organization want people to know that they are available to help  — even if it’s just lending a hand with cleaning out a basement. It’s a simple task that can mean a lot. 
 
“It’s neat I’ve worked with the red cross before on the other side making sure when they got on location they had the right location,” said Carns.
 
The shelter will be open on Monday from 10 am until 7 pm.