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Flooding to continue as rivers crest, Red Cross seeks volunteers

Contact: Barry Porter

Phone: 919-231-1602 ext. 3034


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RALEIGH, Oct. 10, 2016 — Cities across Eastern North Carolina are anticipating major flooding as rivers begin to crest at record levels this week as a result of Hurricane Matthew. 

Last night in Eastern North Carolina, 72 shelters lodged 1,850 people. Red Cross volunteers are working quickly today to get supplies in place, should transportation routes be cutoff by river flooding. More than 280 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in Eastern North Carolina to help shelter, feed, and care for those affected by the storm. 

Hurricane Matthew proves to be the largest Red Cross response to wide-spread flooding in Eastern N.C. since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

“This is a massive relief operation that we anticipate continuing for weeks to come,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive officer of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “We are relying on the kindness of the community to sign up to volunteer. This community needs us to rally around them.”

URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS CONTINUES Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit to fill out a volunteer application. At this time, all volunteer positions are needed, including nurses, disaster mental health professionals, sheltering, disaster assessment, bulk distribution, feeding, and operational support.

FIND A SHELTER For those seeking a shelter, check the Red Cross Emergency App that can be downloaded on your phone, or call 1-800-768-8048.

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.