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Maine Red Cross Volunteer Traveling to Louisiana

Farmington Resident to Help those Impacted by Devastating & Unprecedented Flooding

PORTLAND (Sunday, August 14th) – The American Red Cross in Maine is responding to the devastating and unprecedented flooding in Louisiana after more than 20 inches of rain left 15 rivers in record flood stage – making this the largest sheltering effort in Louisiana since Hurricane Isaac.

Early tomorrow morning, Todd Tisdale (of Farmington, Maine) will be flying from the Portland Jetport to Louisiana to assist in the disaster relief efforts.  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.

Officials estimate at least 2,700 homes in Louisiana have been affected – and this number is expected to grow.  Many of the affected neighborhoods are areas that typically don’t experience flooding.  The American Red Cross is helping at least 4,700 people in dozens of emergency shelters in Louisiana after unprecedented flooding has left 15 rivers in record flood stage.

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes with little but the clothes on their backs. Red Cross disaster volunteers are opening shelters, providing meals and comfort.  Additional volunteers, relief supplies and emergency response vehicles are moving toward Louisiana now to bolster response efforts.

Flooding is expected to continue for several days, and once waters recede it will take some time to fully uncover the extent of the devastation.  The Red Cross will be working closely partners in the days ahead to ensure people receive the help they need as quickly as possible.  Flooding is also threatening communities in Mississippi, where Red Cross volunteers provided safe refuge to nearly 70 people Saturday night. 

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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).