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Flooding Forces Evacuation of East Village Tent Shelter

About 300 residents of a homeless tent shelter in the East Village were forced to evacuate Thursday night due to flooding that caused significant damage to the center, according to the Alpha Project.

MTS buses came to the shelter near the intersection of 16th Street and Newton Avenue to pick up about 300 residents and relocate them to the stadium in Mission Valley.

Workers with the Alpha Project waded through waist-deep water to reach the tent.

A shelter resident told NBC 7 that all of his clothes and personal items he had inside were lost. He said all he had now were the clothes on his back.

"I served two years in the Army. I’m a vet. I’m strong. That’s the way I was trained. I will move on from this," he said.

Several portable toilets were knocked over during the flooding so all residents were first provided showers when they arrived to the temporary stadium shelter. 

The American Red Cross, San Diego Fire-Rescue crews and workers with the San Diego Humane Society were at the stadium shelter to provide resources for evacuees. 

The Red Cross also confirmed it was opening a shelter in National City for anyone affected by flooding. That shelter is located Paradise Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church at 2701 East 8th Street. The shelter was expected to open at around 9:30 p.m.

Evacuees will be provided shelter, food, water, hygiene items, and emotional support and health services, the Red Cross said.

For more information on Thursday's storm, click here.

No other information was available.

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