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Local Red Cross Volunteers Head To Storm-Damaged Areas

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A Red Cross volunteer from the Lincoln Land Branch of the American Red Cross in Rock Falls plans to leave for Meridian, Mississippi on Friday to help people affected by the devastating weather system that hit earlier in the week. The Midwest River Region, headquartered in Moline, will be deploying two volunteers, both leaving on Friday.

In a news release, the disaster relief agency said it is responding across multiple states, helping people affected by tornadoes and floods over the past several days.

A total of 430 people spent Tuesday night in 29 Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The Red Cross has already served nearly 9,000 meals and snacks to people affected by this storm.

Areas around Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida received as much as two feet of rain within about 24 hours. In Florida, the Red Cross has multiple shelters open to help people forced from their homes by the ongoing flooding.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.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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