Relief efforts continue at civic center following Watford City tornado

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - The devastation this week at the Prairie View RV Park forced its residents to take shelter.

The American Red Cross and Watford City Emergency Management turned the town's civic center into a shelter within hours of the storm.

Nearly 200 people took shelter at the Watford City Civic Center after a tornado ravaged their nearby RV park.

A day later, sixty remain.

“Some of those people ended up relocating their campers or finding houses or apartments,” said Rob Stotz, with the Red Cross.

Thanks to the Red Cross and the Watford City community, those left at the shelter can live comfortably until they find other housing.

Since the storms here in Watford City, the Red Cross and the community have come together to turn the civic center into a shelter, not only providing food and water, but other things, like shampoo and toothbrushes.

“We're getting to capacity with our in-kind donations. If people want to donate, if people want to contribute to this, there's means to donate financially to the American Red Cross,” said Stotz.

While the people of Watford City bring food, water, and supplies, the Red Cross brings expertise to help put those items to use.

We're prepared to stay open as long as it takes to get people to where they need to be,” said Stotz.

Being there for those most in need, as they work to get back on their feet.

The Red Cross says they will open an "all-in-one" center Thursday for people impacted by the tornado.

This Multi-Agency Resource Center, or MARC, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the civic center.

It's a way to bring agencies under one roof.

Meanwhile, you can donate to the American Red Cross by visiting their website, www.redcross.org