The local American Red Cross is sending two teams of volunteers - 13 people - to Gainesville, Fla., to assist with Red Cross response to Tropical Depression Debby.
One of those volunteers is from Burke County, Jim Bennett.
These volunteer teams are trained to work together to set up and operate a shelter. Tuesday night, the Red Cross had 11 shelters open in Florida due to massive flooding left behind after the storm moved through. Nearly 200 people stayed in those shelters.
Tropical Depression Debby has dumped as much as ten inches of rain on most of the state, with some areas getting up to 25 inches of rain. Truckloads of additional relief supplies are on the way to Florida and 20 response vehicles are ready to start distributing items to help as the clean-up begins there.
If you would like to help people affected by disasters like wildfires and floods, you can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Your gift enables us to provide safe refuge in our shelters, feed those who have had to leave their homes, and offer comfort to those touched by disaster.