NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., May 31, 2016 — The American Red Cross is responding to the devastating flooding occurring in Texas after some parts of the state received 19 inches of rain over the holiday weekend. Since the beginning of the year, numerous storms have ravaged the state, displacing thousands of families and devastating homes and businesses.
Eight Red Cross workers from South Carolina are traveling to Texas to bring care, comfort and hope to families affected by the most recent flooding. The team from South Carolina is bringing diverse skills to Texas and will be assisting with logistics, sheltering, casework, and public affairs.
“We understand how devastating floods can be to families and communities,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional CEO for the Red Cross in South Carolina. “When historic floods destroyed lives and uprooted families in South Carolina last fall, Red Crossers from across the country came to help our community and we are glad that we are able to support them.”
Over the weekend, Brenham, Texas, located about 65 miles northwest of Houston, received 18 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Houston, which has been hammered with severe weather and flooding for several months, was again in the storm’s path and people were forced to leave their homes. The threat isn’t over – weather experts predict flooding will continue for several more days. Emergency officials estimate that some 6,000 homes may be affected.
Fifteen shelters were opened in the affected areas and volunteers are helping to assess the damage. The Red Cross is also providing meals in coordination with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other local partners. Red Cross volunteers will also be delivering relief supplies as soon as it is safe to do so. The Red Cross is monitoring the ongoing threat for more flooding and is setting up in areas that are likely to be hit by the next onslaught of bad weather later this week
VOLUNTEERING By volunteering with the American Red Cross, you can truly make a difference. Those interested in volunteering should visit www.redcross.org/sc to learn more and start their volunteer application. Without volunteers the Red Cross would not be able to respond locally, across the country, and around the world when it is needed most. Volunteers with the Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests and training is free.
HOW TO HELP You can help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word TXFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Texas Floods and Tornadoes will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
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 www.redcross.org/sc or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossSC