People affected by flooding find shelter at local church

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - The American Red Cross now has a total of 75 people signed up for shelter at Community Church in Fond du Lac.

Ice jams on East Branch of the Fond du Lac River on March 14, 2019 (WBAY photo)

Many families had to evacuate Thursday morning after the flooding.

And while the issue is getting better many can't go home tonight.
"I was scared,” Evacuee Sharmaine Clayborn said. “I just wanted to get out of that situation like for real."

Clayborn is happy her family is safe, but the condition of her apartment is weighing on her mind.

“This is a stressful situation,” Clayborn said.

Clayborn said at about seven Thursday morning she woke up to what she calls streams of water.

"So I go outside and get to panicking because I see the water rising and I’m like what am I gone do,” said Clayborn. “I have me and my kids, so I’m like just forget this I just got in my car and just started driving."

After calling first responders, Clayborn said they led her to the Expo Center in Fond du Lac, where other people had gathered after braving the flood water as well.

"I left at 6:30 this morning and I drove through water really deep,” Evacuee Sandy Vanden Hoogan said.

Vanden Hoogan said people in her apartment complex were ordered to evacuate, but she couldn't leave her at behind.

Everyone told Action 2 News they have so much to worry about, but are thankful for the help from the American Red Cross.

Another shelter has opened at Harbor Haven in Fond du lac.

Red Cross officials are estimating 80 people to sign up for shelter.

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