PROVIDENCE, R.I – The American Red Cross is responding across seven states as record flooding inundates town after town in the Midwest. Red Cross disaster workers also continue to respond to the tornadoes that occurred earlier this month in Alabama and Georgia. The Rhode Island Red Cross has deployed three disaster responders to assist in relief efforts. The following disaster responders are headed to Nebraska: Jamie Lynch, Pascoag, is deploying as a Sheltering Service Associate, Peter Prowe, Warwick, is deploying as a Sheltering Supervisor and Phyllis Detwiler, Newport, is deploying in Operations Management.
More than 585 people spent Sunday night in 20 Red Cross and community shelters due to flooding in Mississippi, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. In addition to opening shelters, the Red Cross is providing food, relief supplies, health and mental health services. In areas where it is safe to do so, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are going through neighborhoods, distributing food and relief supplies. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation with state and local officials as well as various partners to determine if further assistance will be needed.