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Lt. Governor Simon visits Red Cross shelter at Shawnee Community College 

ULLIN – May 1, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visited the flood shelter at Shawnee Community College today to thank volunteers and welcome residents of Cairo to safety. Simon and her husband, Perry Knop, hand-delivered games, puzzles and decks of cards to the Red Cross shelter, which has been open to evacuees since Tuesday.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered in Cairo last night, and buses transported stranded residents from the town's police station to the Ullin college, about 20 miles away. More than 100 people are now living at the shelter. Shawnee Community College staff and local church congregants have pitched in to serve food and provide activities to the evacuated families.

"This is an impressive community effort that takes advantage of the community college as a safe, well-known and public location," Lt. Governor Simon said. "Despite the difficult circumstances, people are fairly upbeat and positive about the flood response in Cairo and the future of their homes."

Sandy Webster, director of the American Red Cross' Little Egypt service center, said the shelter has adequate food, water and bedding supplies, but it would welcome community organizations that could provide activities to the evacuees this week. Organizations that want to provide activities should contact the Red Cross at 618-529-1525.