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Red Cross Helps as Iowa Rivers Overflow Their Banks


The American Red Cross is responding to significant flooding in several counties in Iowa after slow-moving storms dropped a lot of rain, causing rivers to overflow their banks.

More than 120 people spent Monday night in Red Cross shelters in Iowa. Red Cross workers are also providing meals and distributing relief supplies. The Red Cross is also helping to assess damage in the area.

Evacuations occurred in several parts of the state. In Butler County, residents were impacted by rising floodwaters along the Shell Rock River. People also had to leave their homes in Floyd and Linn counties because of the flooding. Residents of Cedar Rapids were also asked to evacuate where the Cedar River is expected to crest 12 feet above flood stage. Many homes are without power and gas and several highways and bridges are closed. At least 13 counties have been declared state disaster areas and residents in 5,000 homes near the Cedar River were asked to evacuate.

Meanwhile, Red Cross workers continue to respond to the devastating flooding which occurred more than a month ago in Louisiana. More than 230 people remain in shelters there and the Red Cross continues to provide meals, relief supplies and help people plan their next steps.

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  • Across the country, the Red Cross responds to disasters large and small every day – from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes and flooding that impact an entire community.
  • People can help those affected by disasters large and small by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • CORPORATIONS HELP The generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and the Disaster Responder Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.

    ADGP $1 Million members are: American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Anthem Foundation; Boise Paper; Caterpillar Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Disney; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; The Home Depot Foundation; Humble Bundle; LDS Charities; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Merck Foundation; Nationwide Foundation; State Farm; Target; UPS; VSP℠ Vision care for life; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and The Wawa Foundation.

    ADGP $500,000 members are: Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bank of America; Capital One; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation; Discover; Edison International; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; Grainger; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Medtronic; Meijer; Mondelēz International Foundation; National Grid; PepsiCo Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; Prudential Foundation; Ryder; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; Sunoco; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; United Technologies Corporation; Visa; and Wells Fargo.

    Disaster Responder Program members are: Alcoa; Almost Family; Astellas USA Foundation; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; AXA; Ball Foundation; BNY Mellon; CarMax; The Clorox Company; Cox Automotive; DTE Energy Foundation; Duke Energy; Entergy Corporation; General Motors Foundation; Harbor Freight Tools; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; Hi-Rez Studios; HP Foundation; IBM Corporation; IKEA; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Interstate All Battery Center; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; Neiman Marcus Group; New Balance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; PSEG Foundation; PuroClean Disaster Recovery; Red Heart Yarns; SC Johnson; ScriptRelief; Sealed Air; SERVPRO; Southeastern Grocers Home of BI-LO Harveys Winn Dixie; TOYOTA; The USAA Foundation; U.S. Bank; and U-Haul International.

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    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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