WINDSOR, N.C. — The American Red Cross is opening a disaster recovery center to help those affected by flooding in eastern North Carolina.

The agency announced Tuesday the center at the Bertie Co. Department of Social Services office in Windsor will help about 140 people affected by the flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia. The storm dropped as much as 17 inches of rain.

The Red Cross will provide aid including helping families clean up and in getting any needed household items.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports ( the state has deployed a tractor-trailer truck to serve as the Bertie County agricultural extension office which was flooded by the Cashie River.

Emergency crews rescued 138 people from homes and buildings last Thursday, including dozens of people from a nursing home.