Enough water has fallen in Louisiana to fill more than 10 million Olympic pools. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Kyla Delacruz, Kelsie Baires and little Tyson Baires are among the hundreds of people staying at a Red Cross shelter in Gonzalez, LA. “We lost everything,” Delacruz said. “The Red Cross is providing everything but I’m not sure what we’re going to do. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Red Cross volunteer Sharon Butler-Walker helps Glenda Hill at the Red Cross shelter in Gonzales, LA. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Red Cross worker Rick Harvey gives high fives to shelter residents Terrah Celestine, age 7, Raegan Prince, age 8. Ethan Prince, age 6, and Aiden Prince, age 5 at the Red Cross shelter in Hammond, LA. Red Cross photo by Virginia Hart.
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Terrah Celestine, age 7, Red Cross volunteer, Kellie Johnson, and Raegan Prince, age 8 at the Red Cross shelter in Hammond, LA. Red Cross photo by Virginia Hart.
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Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern is visiting some of the areas of Louisiana impacted by the devastating flooding. Here she visits with Dorien Williams, 11, at the Red Cross shelter in Walker, LA.
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Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern checks in with some of the Red Cross disaster workers helping with the flood relief efforts in Louisiana at the response headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Children hold hot meals they received from the Red Cross in Denham Springs, a town hit hard by flooding across southern Louisiana. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Red Cross volunteer Cora Lee hugs Benjamin Bonin, whose family lost their home during flooding in southern Louisiana. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
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Red Cross workers load a truck with relief supplies for distribution in neighborhoods affected by historic flooding in southern Louisiana. Red Cross photo by Marko Kokic
August 19, 2016
The devastating flooding in Louisiana has forced thousands of people from their homes with just the few things they could take with them. The American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and relief supplies to those affected by the largest natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Early estimates predict the relief effort could cost at least $30 million, a number which could grow as more is learned about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.