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.
Red Cross workers are staffing shelters, providing meals and distributing relief supplies. The Red Cross is also helping to assess damage in the area.
Three volunteers from Central New York have traveled to flooded regions of Iowa. Ken Stapleton of Cicero is performing Disaster Assessment, while Canastota resident John Aldasch and Jeff Baldwin of Oswego are assisting with Sheltering.
Evacuations occurred in several parts of the state. Many homes are without power and gas, and several highways and bridges are closed. At least 13 counties have been declared state disaster areas
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.
More than 60 volunteers and staff from the Western and Central New York Region have been involved in the relief operation. Many have returned, while others departed this week.
To learn more about the work of the Red Cross, or to join by volunteering or making a contribution, visit http://redcross.org
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 http://redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.