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Flood Victims Still Need Help | American Red Cross

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    The Red Cross provides a safe place where children and families can feel comfortable and secure as they begin the road to recovery after disasters like floods.Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
  • Cintas Corporation employees helped the Red Cross distribute disaster relief supplies to flood victims in Northwest Louisiana.
    Service men and women from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, helped the Red Cross prepare disaster supplies for distribution to people whose homes were damaged by flood waters in Northwest Louisiana. Photo by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross
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    Cintas Corporation employees helped the Red Cross distribute disaster relief supplies to flood victims in Northwest Louisiana. Photo by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross
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    Members of the Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Department helped assemble comfort kits for distribution to persons who have been displaced from their homes due to flooding in the area. Photo by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross
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    Paul Strickland and his sonshare their ordeal and complete paperwork with Red Cross caseworker Mike Peterson in front of his Robinsonville, Mississippi, home now surrounded by floodwaters. Photo by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross.
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    Robinsonville, Mississippi, resident Elvin Moore heads for his now flooded home with cleanup kits provided by the American Red Cross. Photo by Bob Wallace/American Red Cross.
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    Health concerns make it difficult for Annias Baker, 78, Monroe, Louisiana, to get around. The Red Cross was able to provide him with a wheelchair to make his time away from home a little more comfortable.Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
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    A Red Cross volunteer comforts Daurline Tanner, Monroe, LA, who used a dust pan and a mop bucket to keep floodwaters from entering her living room. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
  • Clifton Winsor is 87 years old and finds it hard to think about what happens next after floodwaters filled his home in Rayville, LA.
    Clifton Winsor is 87 years old and finds it hard to think about what happens next after floodwaters filled his home in Rayville, LA. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
  • The Red Cross delivered food and water to residents of Rayville, LA, who are starting the difficult job of cleaning up after the flooding
    The Red Cross delivered food and water to residents of Rayville, LA, who are starting the difficult job of cleaning up after the flooding. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
  • Willie Conner’s daughters are helping him clean up his flood-damaged home in Rayville, LA.
    Willie Conner’s daughters are helping him clean up his flood-damaged home in Rayville, LA. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
  • Bobby Ray Griffin and Mildred Means took on more than a foot of water in their Rayville, LA home
    Bobby Ray Griffin and Mildred Means took on more than a foot of water in their Rayville, LA home. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
  • With many roads still underwater or inaccessible like this one in Monroe, LA, those affected face a long road to recovery.
    With many roads still underwater or inaccessible like this one in Monroe, LA, those affected face a long road to recovery. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross.
Since the flooding began, there have been 4,000 overnight stays in 60 shelters

As much of the country looks forward to Easter weekend, thousands of people in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi are still trying to recover from the widespread flooding in those states.

The American Red Cross is there, supporting those affected. Hundreds of Red Cross disaster workers continue to offer help and hope in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi where so many people have lost everything to devastating floods.

HOW TO HELP Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own in this flooding. We need your continued support now to help people affected by disasters big and small. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

The Red Cross estimates that we will spend between $4 million and $7 million helping people affected by spring floods and storms across Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee – and we need your support now.

This is an evolving disaster and while our relief operations are ongoing, it’s not easy to project the exact cost of our future services. It’s important to remember that these figures are preliminary estimates that are likely to change. For instance, Red Cross expenses could change if additional flooding occurs or additional homes are found to be damaged.

This estimate includes the costs of providing food, shelter, blankets, cots, emotional support, health services, initial casework, relief supplies and sometimes longer-term recovery efforts. It also includes the costs that make relief possible, including logistics, staff and technology expenses.

RED CROSS RESPONSE

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters and provide meals for those affected. Tuesday night more than 275 people sought help in 16 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of many challenging situations. Disaster health volunteers are also helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. In some areas, multi-agency resource centers are available where representatives of various local agencies can assist impacted residents in the coming days with information, basic needs and referrals to programs and services.

Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may provide direct financial support to people who need extra help.

Since the flooding began, more than 1,500 Red Cross workers working alongside partners have provided 4,000 overnight stays in 60 shelters; served 170,000 meals and snacks; distributed 70,000 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies; and provided 4,800 health and mental health consultations.

In Texas, as many as 6 people took refuge in 8 shelters Tuesday night. In Mississippi, 16 people spent Tuesday night in 2 Red Cross shelters. In Louisiana, there were 6 Red Cross and community shelters open with almost 200 residents taking refuge in them Tuesday night.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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