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Louisiana Flooding: Red Cross Shelters 8,000+ Despite Challenging Conditions in Flooded Areas; Local San Diego Red Cross Volunteers Deploying

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SAN DIEGO, CA – August 16, 2016 — American Red Cross disaster workers are helping thousands of Louisiana residents with a safe place to stay and food to eat 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 Bill Earley, CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “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.

Here in San Diego/Imperial Counties, five local Red Cross volunteers are joining the massive disaster response. Volunteers deploying to Louisiana include: Eddie Gilbert, San Diego; Greg Clover, La Jolla; Ruth Clayton, Chula Vista; Cliff Hu, Scripps Ranch; and Jan Ophof, Ramona. Their duties vary from working in shelters and warehouses to assisting with logistics and mapping. Additional local Red Cross volunteers will be deploying this week and ongoing as needed.

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.

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

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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