Watford City emergency shelter closing later today


The emergency shelter in Watford City will close at the end of today, Friday, July 13 — and for a good reason.

Everyone using the shelter in the wake of Tuesday’s EF-2 tornado has now found temporary or permanent housing.

“A recovery that can take weeks, has been done in a matter of days,” said American Red Cross Western North Dakota Chapter Executive Director Rob Stotz. “It truly shows the generosity and compassion of this community that’s come together to support their own.”

Since the EF-2 tornado hit early Tuesday morning, McKenzie County officials, the Red Cross and countless other community partners have provided 94 overnight shelter stays, served 750 meals, and distributed 1,531 snacks and bottles of water. Twenty-four Red Cross disaster workers were deployed to Watford City this week.

Although the need for emergency shelter is coming to a close, residents are just starting the recovery process. Anyone affected by the tornado who is in need of Red Cross assistance, including disaster mental health support, can contact Regional Recovery Manager Katie Webster at katie.webster@redcross.org.

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