Shelters in Kingfisher and Watonga are seeing more families come in for help following flooding from storms that hit the area early Sunday morning.

About 18 people slept in a Red Cross shelter in Kingfisher Sunday night, while Watonga had about 35 and expected to be near the 100-person capacity Monday.

Jennifer Garner, public relations specialist with the Red Cross, said there are shelters open for victims of the storm that are accepting people from Watonga, Greenfield and Geary. The First Baptist Church and St. Rose Catholic Church in Watonga were feeding and caring for those displaced, while a shelter was established at Kingfisher County fairgrounds for those in that city. Baptist Brothers have arrived to cook and help provide food and also have a shower available for anyone who needs it, Garner said. The Salvation Army is feeding people in Kingfisher, she said.

Individuals interested in as-sisting the Red Cross may do one of two things, she said. The Red Cross always is in need of volunteers and Garner said while they are accepting spontaneous volunteers, they prefer people volunteer during normal times so they can be trained.

Monetary donations also are accepted. Donations can be made to the local chapter, specifying the Blaine County or Kingfisher floods and the money will be used there, Garner said. Online donations may be made to Red Cross by specifying August Oklahoma floods and funds will go to flood relief. Online donations may be made at www.redcross.org.

Other types of donations — like clothing — should be done through other organizations. Garner said Red Cross is not set up to collect clothing, process it and get it to those who need it. There are other organizations that do that and she suggested those organizations, many churches included, be contacted.

“We encourage people to use places like that,” she said.

Robin Unruh, executive director of Enid Red Cross, which has responsibility for Blaine County, said from Watonga Monday they still are seeking volunteers to help with the shelter.

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