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GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI)-  Two mobile home parks have been evacuated in the Granite City area. The American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri has opened a shelter for those evacuees at the Nameoki United Methodist Church on 1900 Pontoon Road. About 75 to 100 families were rescued by boat from high water at the Village Green Mobile Home Park on Lake Drive Sunday.

The City of Pacific plans to open a shelter today at the Tri-County Senior Center on Union Street.

The Red Cross reminds residents when flooding or flash flooding is possible to:

• Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA weather radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
• Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
• Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
• If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
• Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

For more information visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.