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Tenn. Red Cross Sends Volunteers During Floods

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Mar 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-13 22:48:17-04

Those with the American Red Cross in Tennessee said they’re sending volunteers to help with devastating  flooding in multiple states.

The response was needed across the south after more than 18 inches of rain fell last week. The volunteers from Tennessee were set to join the recovery efforts.

According to reports, more than 450 people spent last Thursday night in Red Cross and community shelters in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Workers have been providing shelter, meals, relief supplies, and health and mental health services in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Arkansas.

“The damage from the ongoing flooding is significant and impacting many communities. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes. We are helping now and will continue to support them as long as we are needed,” said Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross is depending on the public’s generosity to continue supporting families as they recover from this overwhelming situation.”

Officials said the flooding came just weeks after a round of severe weather, so in Louisiana, the Red Cross had already been supporting many residents who were affected by tornadoes in late February.

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