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Emergency Shelter Housing Nearly Two Dozen Flood Victims

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly two dozen residents stayed overnight at a Red Cross emergency shelter set up to help flood victims.

The shelter at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 7594 Old Hickory Boulevard will remain open as long as the victims need it to stay open.

"We don't want people to feel like they're being ushered out if the storm comes through again," said Anne McGraw with Red Cross Public Affairs. "If they have flood damage they may be out of a home for multiple nights."

A second shelter was available at the Hadley Community Center on Thursday. The Red Cross later closed it down due to low turnout, so resources and people were redirected to Mt. Zion Baptist.

There were 23 people using the shelter since being displaced by flash flooding earlier in the day. The Red Cross also partnered with the Salvation Army to assist with feeding efforts. Volunteers like Issa Kagiraneza have also been lending a helping hand.

"They are really need of assistance and we need to sacrifice our time and show them love," said Kagiraneza.

It's a kind of love Kagiraneza said he knew all about. 

"I grew up in a refugee camp in Rwanda," said Kagiraneza. "I spent more than 13 years in a refugee camp. We used to get such assistance, and I say since there was somebody that helped me back in the refugee camp, I have to help other people too."

Many at the shelter came with just the few belongings they were able to salvage from their homes. Some flood victims did not yet know when or if they would be able to go home.

More than 300 people in the Nashville area were displaced by flash floods.

If you still need help, you can contact the Red Cross can call 1-800-RED CROSS. For non-emergency assistance from Metro Police, call (615)862-8600, and United Way's 211 will connect you to more than 9,000 programs in Middle Tennessee.

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