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American Red Cross Responds to Severe Flooding in the South
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By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
May 18, 2010

The American Red Cross is currently responding to severe flooding in the south. Red Cross teams are providing food and shelter to people throughout the south who have been forced out of their homes after two severe weather systems spawned flooding and tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi. The Red Cross has opened more than two dozen shelters so far.

As of Monday morning, the American Red Cross and its partners had 28 shelters open across the South, including Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Tennessee was particularly hard hit by flooding, with some areas in the state receiving as much as a foot of rain, leading to numerous road closures and forced evacuations. Nearly 1,000 individuals from Tennessee stayed in a shelter on Sunday night.

Floods are typically long-term relief operations, given that waters can take days to recede and can wreak devastating damage on homes. The Red Cross will be there to help people get back on their feet long after the flood waters are gone.

You can help those affected by these devastating floods by visiting www.redcrossbayarea.org or calling 1-888-4-HELP-BAY. You can also make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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