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Camden Resident & Red Cross Volunteer Traveling to Assist in Iowa Flood Relief Efforts

Maine Red Cross Volunteer to Assist Iowans Impacted by Devastating Floods

BANGOR (September 29, 2016) – Later this afternoon, Dotty Lanphear (of Camden) will be departing from the Bangor International Airport to assist in the American Red Cross relief operation in Iowa.

Dotty is the first Red Cross in Maine volunteer deployed to the region and will help families in north and eastern Iowa as they begin the cleanup process following devastating flooding from the Cedar and Wapsipinicon Rivers.

A Red Cross of Maine Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer, Dotty has been affiliated with the organization for the last ten years and will join more than 150 trained Red Cross workers, both volunteers and staff, assisting in the relief operation.  Most recently, Dotty was deployed to Louisiana for two weeks assisting those impacted by the flooding and has previously been on seven deployments throughout the country. 

Two Red Cross emergency shelters remain open in Cedar Rapids and another shelter remains on standby, if emergency officials request it. At the emergency shelters, Red Cross workers are providing warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support.

Red Cross workers have served more than 9,400 meals and snacks and handed out more than more than 2,500 relief items such as toiletries and Red Cross cleanup kits which include items like bleach and other cleaning supplies like rakes and gloves.

*** Members of the media interested in speaking with Dotty can do so, today (Friday, September 30th), at 2:30pm from the Bangor International Airport.  If you plan on attending, please email Justin Burkhardt at or call (207) 999-1015. ***

Red Cross Flood Images can be viewed and downloaded at


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, on Twitter (ARC_Maine), or Facebook (American Red Cross of Maine).