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Additional Maine Red Cross Volunteers Headed to Louisiana

Local Residents Traveling to Region to Help Those Impacted by Deadly Flooding

PORTLAND (Monday, August 15th) – Additional volunteers with the American Red Cross in Maine are traveling to Louisiana to help those impacted by the historic and deadly flooding.

The flooding in Louisiana is likely the worst natural disaster since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, and the American Red Cross is helping to shelter and feed those affected.  Local officials have reported making more than 20,000 water rescues, and are estimating that 10,000 homes have been damaged. Gaining access to many areas is difficult due flooding and numerous road closures. In addition, power and phone outages are complicating relief efforts. 

On Sunday night, more than 10,600 people sought refuge in nearly 50 Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana.  Red Cross disaster volunteers are providing shelter, food and comfort – an additional 500 Red Cross disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their way to help.

Part of the disaster relief team will include, Margaret Rode (of Tenants Harbor), a five-year Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer with the Red Cross, who most recently was stationed in West Virginia to help  those impacted by the historic flooding in the state.  In Louisiana, Margaret will be providing emotional support and helping those cope with the devastating loss of their belongings and/or loved ones.

On Monday, Sharon Collin (of Cumberland Foreside), an 11-year Red Cross in Maine volunteer and Todd Tisdale (of Farmington, Maine), a two-year volunteer with the organization traveled to Louisiana to assist individuals who have had to evacuate their homes and utilize the Red Cross shelters.  

Previously, Sharon has been deployed to disaster incidents in California, Texas, Oregon, Washington and participated in the response during Hurricane Katrina and at the Boston Marathon bombing.  Since 2014, Todd has volunteered with the Red Cross in Maine and has previously been deployed to Texas to assist during the historic flooding in June.

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. Learn more at MaineRedCross.org, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).