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Eastern NC Red Cross volunteers work in Louisiana to aid flood victims; Red Cross Still Sheltering 7,000+

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RALEIGH, FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2016 — Volunteers from the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross continue to help thousands of people affected by flooding in Louisiana.

More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions. Devastating floodwaters and closed roads are still making it challenging to get help to where it is needed in many areas of Louisiana. 

The Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross has deployed 30 volunteers. Seven of those individuals deployed virtually and will be completing casework from their homes in North Carolina. 

One of those volunteers is Leah Grosjean from Elizabeth City. Leah, who is blind, deployed to Louisiana with her guide dog, Ralphie, an 8-year-old yellow Labrador. Together, the two are working in a Red Cross shelter in Baker, just north of Baton Rouge. There, Leah serves as the Regional Lead For Disability Integration Coordination, making sure the shelter is easily accessible for disabled clients. And this isn’t Leah and Ralphie’s first disaster response together. The two deployed to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

From Louisiana, Leah said, “It continues to rain here on and off. The skies are blue right now, but they are calling for thunderstorms tonight. I’m working to greet people, help those with disabilities in the shelter, and distribute comfort [hygiene] kits to shelter residents.” Leah will continue her work for about the next two weeks.

In all, more than 1,000 Red Crossers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will be on the ground helping in Louisiana by Friday. 

HOW TO HELP People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

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