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Louisiana Flooding: Red Cross Shelters more than 8000

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Red Crossers from Colorado helping; estimated costs mount to at least $30 million 

Denver. – August 16, 2016 —American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with  a safe place to stay, food to eat and emotional support despite closed roads and continued flooding making it challenging to get relief supplies to where they are needed. 

“The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross is mounting a massive relief operation, which we anticipate will cost at least $30 million and that number may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation."

Monday night more than 8,400 people sought refuge in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana. More than 1,000 Red Cross disaster volunteers have been mobilized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help with the Louisiana relief efforts. The Red Cross is also mobilizing over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies. See more about the Red Cross response here.

Red Crossers from Colorado have been activated and are on the way with equipment to help deliver needed supplies. Two Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) will deploy this week along with four volunteers. Additional volunteers have already deployed or will deploy very soon. For an updated list of the Colorado support for the Louisiana flood response visit our Colorado Red Cross blog here. This blog is updated frequently so please check back frequently. You can also follow us on Twitter using @redcrossdenver, @ppredcross, @wcoredcross and @nocoredcross.

“People in Louisiana urgently need our help now,” continued Kieserman. “Please consider making a financial donation to the Red Cross today.” 

Learn more about the Red Cross at Redcross.org