Resource meeting for Green Bay flood victims

Flood damage at Green Meadows Valley apartments in Green Bay, September 20, 2018 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- More rain in the forecast may not be welcome news for those who experienced flooded homes and businesses earlier in the week.

But a one-stop flood resource event may help affected people figure out what to do next.

At Green Meadows Village Apartments, a line of dried debris marks the spot where flood waters crested Monday night.

"Everything in the basement's a total loss. They were full of water. It's hard to do anything about that," said Collin Goodletson, Goodletson Management.

Goodletson says tenants in four buildings had to leave, and stay with family, friends, or an emergency shelter.

"It's hard, when you lose your home, and you're told you can't go back in there. It's a hard thing," he said.

"When something like this occurs, they find themselves in the position that they're not used to being in," said Steve Hansen American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Executive Director.

For many, the flooding may be the first time they're dealing with that type of situation. The American Red Cross is offering a flood resource event Friday.

Representatives from The American Red Cross, Aging and Disabilities, Health and Human Services, Emergency Management, Salvation Army, United Way 2-1-1, and the Wisconsin Humane Society will answer questions and provide help.

"It takes a lot of stress out of their life. A lot of driving around to find these resources, instead they come to one location and they receive everything they need to help them get back on the road to recovery," said Hansen.

Cleanup continues at Green Meadows Village. It could be months before the apartments are ready.

"We're just trying to get water out of the building and dry out. Let tenants get in and get some personal belongings, Not much more we can do right now, than get everything dry and survey the damage," said Goodletson.

Friday's meeting runs from 2-6 p.m. at the Red Cross Office in Green Bay.

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