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Red Cross Helps in Louisiana, Across the South

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The Red Cross is helping people right now with emergency needs such as shelter and meals.

Hundreds of American Red Cross disaster workers are responding in Louisiana and across the south where devastating flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes. More than 200 people stayed overnight at 14 Red Cross and community-run shelters in Louisiana.

“We need the public’s support now,” said Kay W. Wilkins, chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana. “Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own to these floodwaters. The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by this disaster and other emergencies big and small.”

HOW TO HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

RED CROSS RESPONSE Hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding in numerous Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, as well as Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi. Red Cross workers are operating shelters and providing meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services. The area is expected to see more flooding throughout the week, and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation with state and local officials to ensure people get the help they need.

Louisiana is under a statewide emergency. Hundreds of residents are escaping the flooding in numerous Red Cross and community shelters. This is the largest sheltering operation for the Red Cross in Louisiana since Hurricane Gustav and Ike in 2008, and Hurricane Isaac in 2012. As many as 12,000 people have been impacted by the flooding in the state with hundreds of residences either destroyed or receiving major damage.

“The Red Cross is helping people right now with emergency needs such as shelter and meals,” Wilkins said. “We will continue to support them in the weeks to come as the water goes down and they begin to plan their next steps.”

The following Red Cross managed or supported shelters were open overnight:

Ascension Parish

• Gonzales Fire Department – 736 Orice Roth, Gonzales, La. 70737

Bossier Parish

• Bossier Civic Center – 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, La. 71111

Caddo Parish

• Southern University-Shreveport Gym – 3050 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Shreveport, La. 71107

Calcasieu Parish

• K.C. Hall – 1601 Horridge St., Vinton, LA 70663

Caldwell Parish

• Caldwell Parish Community Center – 6539 Highway 165 South, Duty Ferry, La. 71418

Grant Parish

• Grant Civic Center – 1290 Main St., Colfax, La. 71417

Livingston Parish

• First United Methodist Church of Denham Springs – 319 Mattie St., Denham Springs, La. 70726

Ouachita Parish

• Saul Adler Community Center – 3900 Westminster Ave., Monroe, La. 71201

Tangipahoa Parish

• Eagle Heights Church – 47318 Rufus Bankston Road, Tickfaw, La. 70466

Community-run shelters are open:

• Lasalle Parish: East Jena Baptist, First Baptist Church of Jena, First Baptist Church of Olla, Nolley Methodist Church

• Red River Parish: Grand Bayou Resort Center – 5286 Highway 784, Coushatta, La. 71019

• Ouachita Parish: St. Andrews United Methodist Church – 143 Church St., Sterlington, La.

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.