Red Cross provides multiple resources for storm victims

Days after storms blow through South Central Wisconsin communities are still working to pick up all the pieces.

Around 50 families have been helped at the Red Cross shelter set up Tuesday morning, after two EF2 tornadoes hit the town.

The Red Cross provided food and shelter at Platteville High School for all affected by the storm.

Besides the shelter, the Red Cross also helped set up MARC, a multi-agency-resource-center. Where organizations and government agencies are all in one place to provide convenient assistance to storm victims.

One of those victims is Samantha Medina.

"I never heard the wind sound like that before. It's so hard to describe what it sounded like," said Samantha Medina, who lives in an apartment on the Southwest part of town.

At the moment she saw power lines falling like dominoes, all Medina could think about was her two children.

"All the sparks flying and I went in the bedroom and i grabbed my son and then I grabbed her to get to the basement, and I heard all the glass outside shattering," said Medina.

The windows in her Platteville apartment were blown, power lines and trees down. and her Chevy Cavalier is totaled.

"I'll take broken windows and car damage as long as my kids are safe," said Medina.

The family's been staying here the past few days. The red cross shelter set up at Platteville High school.

"When they come in they're provided with a cot to sleep on, pillows and towels and blankets," said Gerry Gilmour, a Red Cross volunteer.

Gilmour has volunteered at the shelter since Tuesday morning. She has helped out Medina's and many other families.

Medina has family in the county, but they live a little far away to carry on regular activities.

Staying in the shelter has helped Medina keep the family's lives on track. She was able to go to work and bring the kids to daycare to be with their friends.

"It's always a good thing to see people recover from a disaster like this and move on with their lives," said Gilmour.

Her family is the last at the shelter. Last night they had five families stay.

Tonight it will close down, and the red cross will put the Medina family in a hotel.

While the shelter will close, the multi-agency-resource-center, where anyone affected can get assistance will be open from noon to seven tomorrow at the high school.

Medina believes the family will be able to return to her apartment in a few days.

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