Wichita-Area Volunteers Headed To Baton Rouge To Help With Flood Relief

Yolanda Curtis
August 31, 2016

When disaster strikes anywhere in the United States, the American Red Cross steps in, and some Kansans are headed to flood-ravaged Louisiana to help out.

Our stations are working with the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery, and you can donate to the South Louisiana Flood Relief.

A total of 12 volunteers from North Texas will be in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas this week, including a team that left from Dallas Monday morning. Madden said he expects to be in Louisiana for at least two weeks. The historic flooding there has killed at least seven people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Louisiana floods

"In one night we had 10,000 people staying in one of our Red Cross shelters", said Chief Development Officer Chris Davis, based in Boise. "So it is near hurricane-level types of responding that we are doing now, so the need is great".

"From the Red Cross' perspective, the Louisiana floods are page one".

Steckelberg joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in March and has trained to be a disaster volunteer.

In Louisiana 4 trillion gallons of rain turned into floodwaters that have inundated 80,000 homes and businesses. "We have mental health counselor volunteers that are in our shelters helping people deal with their loss".

Wednesday, the Southern Tier chapter sent five local volunteers. "We are so blessed with so many wonderful volunteers", Gallagher said.

The Red Cross urgently needs the public to join in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today.

If you are unable to volunteer but still want to help out, you can always make a monetary donation.

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