Local Red Cross Supports Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

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Following record flooding in southern Louisiana, George Dalton turned to the Red Cross for shelter for himself and his two grandchildren, including grandson Stephen Rene, 7. Stephen received toys at the shelter. He says that seeing the flooding the first time in his life was scary. Photo by: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by the devastating flooding there, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. More than 7,000 people spent Tuesday night in Red Cross and community shelters, and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.

The state has been hit by 6.9 trillion gallons of rain – enough to fill 10.4 million Olympic pools.12092-024.jpg

Several hundred Red Crossers are on the ground in Louisiana now, and by Friday there will be more than 1,000 workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 36 volunteers from all over California are responding to provide relief.

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Sharon Butler-Walker is a new Red Cross volunteer, who is inspired to help others because “she loves helping” and she says there’s a great need for volunteers. She brought Glenda Hill to her temporary lodging at the Red Cross shelter in Gonzales, Louisiana. Photo by: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

The Central California Region is doing its part to support not only Louisiana flood relief efforts, but also wildfire efforts affecting our neighboring regions to the north and south. So far this week we’ve sent a total of eight local volunteers to relief efforts in California and Louisiana. Six volunteers from the Central Valley, Kern, and Ventura chapters are in Louisiana supporting shelter operations, health services, and distribution of recovery supplies. Two volunteers, one each from the Central Valley and Ventura chapters, are supporting the Clayton Fire burning in Lake County.

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Courtney Robinson (center) is nearly certain that her home is destroyed because of the record flooding in southern Louisiana and a levy breaking along Bayou Conway. She’s staying at a Red Cross shelter with her children and husband. Photo by: Marko Kokic/American Red Cross

The Red Cross and its partners in Louisiana have served almost 100,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. The Red Cross has also mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts.

Initial reports indicate responding to this disaster could cost more than $10 million. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

 

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