Red Cross, church to provide shelter for Pr. William flood victims

The American Red Cross has partnered with First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Prince William County to provide another week of shelter to local flood victims.

The church will serve as a shelter until Sept. 23, county officials said. The makeshift shelter currently at the Dale City Recreation Center is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. today.

Following last week’s unprecedented rainfall, almost 70 homes in the 108-home Holly Acres mobile home park were condemned. Marumsco Creek engulfed the community, filling the homes with muddy, sewer water. County officials said between 150 and 170 people were left homeless.

“The American Red Cross has been a great partner with Prince William County and we are thankful for First Mount Zion Baptist Church for offering to help,” Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart said. “When a disaster like this strikes, it truly requires the entire community to step up and offer assistance.”

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