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Local groups help Berrien County flood victims with mental health and other services

For a County that was devastated by flooding The Riverwood center and the Red Cross want to make sure that mental health in these rough times.

The Riverwood center and the Red Cross teamed up to help people with flooding and mental health needs.

Berrien County residents say they’re glad these services are being offered.

“My husband and I lost our trailer the 16th of March last year to a house fire so we had just gotten everything settled and now we lost it to a flood so it’s really hard” says Angela Parquette of Berrien County.

The Shelter that is set up in the back of Berrien Springs middle school offers services to those attending the middle school and nearby residents.

Most residents at the shelter are from the surrounding neighborhoods in Berrien County that have been evacuated due to flooding.

Mental health counselors say they are here to identify and treat mental health issues.

“Certainly there are some individuals that are attending school who are also staying  at the shelter so yes we are also addressing things with the children, working with parents to understand how a crisis situation children have certain behaviors, what the trauma symptoms are for them” said Edith Zars of the Riverwood Center.

The shelter is set to close on Sunday but they say they will stay open longer if they are allowed to.

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