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Red Cross Responding to Northwest Flooding

Thursday, June 2, 2011 General News J E 4
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Workers continue to help tornado victims in Midwest, South

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is responding as rising rivers force people from their homes in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, and Red Cross workers are preparing for additional flooding in several other northwestern states as rivers threaten to overflow their banks.

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More than 200 people spent Tuesday night in Red Cross shelters in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. In Montana, Red Cross teams are assessing damage to homes, and the Red Cross and Southern Baptist Association are working together to provide food and water. Red Cross emergency response vehicles are distributing food throughout the affected neighborhoods. Additional Red Cross workers and equipment are en route to these areas in the Northwest.

Severely impacted is the Crow Nation in southeastern Montana, where 11,000 residents are dealing with flooding from the Little Big Horn River and dry creek beds that have become raging streams. Communities have flooded and roads are under water, leaving some residents stranded. The Red Cross is delivering food and water daily.

"Red Cross workers are helping people all across the country, from Montana to Alabama, and will be there helping in the weeks to come," said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services. "Thousands of people's lives have been changed by these disasters and we are helping them get back on their feet."

In addition, a total of 200 people stayed Tuesday night in Red Cross shelters in Joplin, MO, Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Minneapolis, Minn. where deadly tornadoes devastated communities over the past several weeks. As part of these tornado responses, Red Cross workers are delivering meals and snacks as well as comfort and clean-up items, and operating emergency aid stations to provide health and mental health services.

Since March 31, the Red Cross has launched 36 large disaster response operations across 25 states, supported by more than 10,000 trained disaster workers from all 50 states. The Red Cross has served millions of meals and snacks and handed out millions of relief items like toothbrushes, shampoo, tarps, rakes and other clean-up supplies. More than 240 shelters have been opened as part of the relief effort, with the Red Cross providing 22,000 overnight stays. Red Cross health services and mental health services workers have provided more than 54,000 consultations.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to get help to people affected by disasters. Please consider making a donation today to help to those in need. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

SOURCE American Red Cross

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