Gold Country Region Disaster Responders Help Flooding Victims in South

April 1, 2016, Sacramento (CA) – As we begin April, it’s been a little over 3 weeks since torrential rains hammered Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas relentlessly for a week causing horrific flooding and breaking records that have stood since the late 1800s.  So severe was the flooding that some areas have only become accessible in the last few days, which means we’re still sheltering evacuees and conducting damage assessments on the first day of April for storms that began in the first full week of March—that’s highly unusual, to say the least.

Notwithstanding two Presidential disaster declarations, the national media paid little attention to these disasters and have long since moved on, so you might think there’s not much of a story here.  But there is. As best we can tell as of last night, these storms and floods destroyed or caused major damage to 9,208 homes in 3 States. Imagine how just one family might struggle if they were barely getting by before these storms only to have their home destroyed by a massive flood.  Now, multiply that by 9,000.

Gold Country Region disaster responders are currently providing disaster relief and recovery assistance in the hardest hit areas of those states.

The volunteers and staff members, who live in cities throughout Northern California, have been assigned to work for a two-week period in a variety of roles helping disaster victims. The Red Cross has opened 89 shelters which supported 6,586 overnight stays, served nearly 305,000 meals and snacks, and distributed 124,439 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.

Thank you to the following responders who have traveled across the country to help those who have lost so much:

  1. Frederick Aw
  2. Darren Courtney
  3. Pat Day
  4. Elizabeth English
  5. Dana Epstein
  6. Kathleen Griffith
  7. Bob Grosch
  8. Terri Hartner
  9. Kevin Hedahl
  10. Rose Marie Laraby
  11. Al Lee
  12. Dennis Lewis
  13. Kathy Massar
  14. Lau Miller
  15. Jeremiah Norrell
  16. Kathy Pascoe
  17. Jim Piper
  18. Colleen Ranalli
  19. Michael Reeves
  20. Colleen Turay
  21. Bill Waits
  22. Paula Watts-White
  23. Kevin West
  24. Richard Yoder
  25. Christine Yoo

“The Red Cross response is just beginning,” said Gary Strong, CEO, Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Our volunteers will continue to provide help and hope to those people who are recovering from this disaster.”

The Red Cross depends on the continued support of the public to help people affected by this disaster and other emergencies big and small. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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The American Red Cross Gold Country Region serves the Sierra-Delta Chapter as well as the Northeastern California Chapter, a total of 24 Counties from Stanislaus to Siskiyou. We are happy to serve the 4.4 million residents in the state.

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