Red Cross Opens Shelters After Severe Flooding in South Texas

Red Cross Opens Shelters After Severe Flooding in South Texas

HARLINGEN, TEXAS, June 25, 2019 – In coordination with emergency management partners, the American Red Cross serving South Texas has opened six shelters for families impacted by severe flooding. Red Cross disaster trained responders have mobilized to provide relief and comfort to impacted families.

“Shelters have been opened to provide a safe refuge for anyone whose home may have been impacted by recent severe flooding,” said Henry Van de Putte, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast. “Our volunteers stand ready to respond should additional assistance be needed.”

As of today, the following Red Cross managed or supported shelters are available:

Shelter name




Willacy County Community Safe Room


10804 Business 77 Raymondville, TX 78580


First Baptist Church


600 S Kansas Ave, Weslaco, TX 78596


La Feria Community Safe Room


1001 Pancho Maples, La Feria, TX 78559


Mercedes SafeDome/Recreation Center


1202 North Vermont, Mercedes, TX 78570


Edcouch Fire Department


200 W Santa Rosa Ave, Edcouch, TX 78538 


Santa Rosa Elementary School


102 S Main St, Santa Rosa, TX 78593


Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself


With the potential for more severe weather, the Red Cross is encouraging people to prepare by:

Be sure you’re Red Cross Ready. That means:

We urge you to share these Red Cross preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.  


The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have four hours a month or four hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross aid people impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or home fires may donate at, by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast on Twitter and Facebook at @RedCrossTXGC. You can also contact the South Texas Chapter at (956) 423-0523, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross is a United Way agency that shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.