Monday, October 25, 2004
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
RI Red Cross continues to assist Pawtucket
families displaced by mercury spill
The RI Red Cross continues to assist 56 Pawtucket residents who had to be evacuated over the
weekend due to a mercury spill at their apartment complex, located at 169 Pleasant Street in Pawtucket.
Since Friday, the RI Red Cross has provided emergency food, shelter and clothing
to 40 adults, 15 children and 1 infant. The families are expected to be out of their homes at least a few more days and there is a possibility more residents of the
apartment complex could seek emergency shelter with the Red Cross as the clean up continues.
Red Cross personnel were on hand to meet with families throughout the weekend
and will continue to make themselves available this week as well, working in conjunction with the City of Pawtucket, DEM, EPA and other local agencies.
The Red Cross of Rhode Island typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free,
thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.
Visit www.riredcross.org for more information and to find out how you can help.