Since Thursday, devastating floods have hit West Virginia, covering a large portion of the state. The American Red Cross is there, helping people impacted by the floodwaters. Thousands of people are without power and gas service. As many as 60 roads are closed to flooding and flood damage. There are almost 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. There have been a reported 14 deaths thus far, with thousands of people without power and many roads and bridges washed out in the state. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared emergencies in 44 counties where dozens of people have had to be rescued. Officials estimate that thousands of homes are damaged.
A total of three Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to West Virginia to help with the Red Cross response to the devastating floods. Two volunteers from Oahu are leaving Monday night. Penny Lindsey will be assisting with logistics and facilities and Renise Bayne will be assisting with casework. William Butler, a volunteer from Kauai who deployed Monday afternoon, will be assisting with community partnerships.
RED CROSS RESPONSE. Red Cross workers opened numerous shelters in Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Roane counties and are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected as well as meals for first responders. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope. Health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need.
HOW TO HELP. 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.