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Displaced Condo Residents Remain in Emergency Shelter

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LAS VEGAS - Dozens of displaced residents of the Atrium Gardens condo complex probably never thought they would spend the weekend at a disaster relief shelter inside Desert Pines High School's lunch room. This weekend's storms forced them out of their homes.

Forty two people stayed there Saturday night. More arrived Sunday. It's been a rough three days for Ondy Fonseca.

"I didn't sleep Friday night all night. I had a headache and worrying," she said.

Friday night's storm broke a gas line in the condo complex.

"I was in my closet with my ear plugs on. My friend went, "Ondy, Ondy, Ondy,'" she said. "I opened the door, and she came in. They said we had to get out, because the gas is dangerous."

She returned to her condo to see when she can go home, but has not yet been allowed to return. In the meantime, she's relying on the aid of Red Cross volunteers.

The same unpaid helpers spent the past three weeks helping victims of another natural disaster: the Carpenter 1 fire. They ended their duties on Mt. Charleston Friday, the storms hit, and they went back to work.

"We just don't throw people at a job. What the people have is training in mass care. People have training in feeding. People have training in bulk distribution," said Red Cross of Southern Nevada Public Information Officer Lloyd Ziel.

Red Cross volunteer Brian Garcia is trained to organize supplies. He and his team provide support to those in need, but may not be able to tell them what they want to hear.

"They want to know when they can go home. They want to know what's going on at their particular dwelling, and I can't give them those answers," he said.

They can provide a sense of community for those who need it. "We're giving kids activities to do. We're watching movies. They're coloring," Garcia said.

The volunteers will provide shelter and resources to displaced residents until they are allowed to return home.

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