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Red Cross Opens Shelter for New Hartford Flood Victims

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SHELL ROCK, Iowa - The Red Cross opened a shelter in Shell Rock to handle those evacuated from the flash flooding in New Hartford.

But so far, only a handful of the 560 people in New Hartford have sought shelter assistance.

Volunteers running the shelter say 10 people spent the night after the shelter opened around 4:00 in the morning on Tuesday.

But those who stayed overnight left for work in the morning. Only one New Hartford resident has arrived since mid-morning.

Red Cross workers say this isn't surprising. In similar situations, people tend to find a place to stay with friends or relatives closer to their properties in jeopardy.

Shell Rock is located about 15-20 miles from New Hartford. The shelter has capacity for more than 400 people and plenty of cots and food, if needed.

Shelter organizers say they may have a few more people this afternoon if the evacuation drags on.

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