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Colorado Disaster Workers Deploy to Support NM Flood Response

Boy helps clean up in OKC tornado aftermath
The Red Cross is working to assess residents’ needs and determine how to meet those needs.

The American Red Cross is deploying five Colorado disaster workers to help manage and deliver assistance in Cimarron, New Mexico, in response to flooding that has damaged an estimated 300 homes.

•    Christine Manson DeRabe, a Red Cross Mile High Chapter employee, is deploying to play a leadership role directing the Red Cross disaster response in Cimarron.

•    John Miller, a volunteer from Boulder, will be leading disaster assessment teams and training local volunteers.

•    Mary Crawford, a volunteer from Denver, will be serving as a supervisor over feeding, sheltering and “mass care” operations.

•    Craig Ellsworth, of Denver, and Roger Bram, of Colorado Springs, are driving a local Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Cimarron to deliver supplies directly to affected residents.

The team set out this morning around 9 a.m. and is driving to New Mexico. Heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm Odile brought a reported 9 inches of rain to the area the night of Sunday, Sept. 21, flooding streets and homes and causing mud to flow through neighborhoods. Although no evacuations were required, initial reports are of 100 homes significantly damaged and 200 other homes with damage. The Red Cross is working to assess residents’ disaster-related needs and determine how to meet those needs directly or in partnership with local agencies and nonprofits.

The Red Cross of New Mexico also responded to flooding in Carlsbad, New Mexico, caused by the same storm front. On Sunday, Sept. 21, Red Cross workers opened a shelter for evacuated residents of Carlsbad. The shelter remained open for two nights before being closed when evacuations lifted. Twenty-five people checked in at the shelter, and 14 stayed overnight. No homes were reported significantly damaged in that community, allowing evacuated residents to return safely to their homes.