Local Red Cross sends volunteers to flood area

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The Blue Mountain chapter of The American Red Cross has dispatched two volunteers as flood waters of the Mississippi River reach record levels, said Terry Hackney, executive director.

The national agency is gearing up for a prolonged shelter and feeding response to help people who live along the Mississippi River. Thousands of cots, blankets and comfort kits have been shipped to the area, and workers are being deployed. More than 400 Red Cross workers are in the Memphis area, with more arriving in other parts of the South, Hackney said in a press release.

The response to the flooding has already begun in Northwest Tennessee, where more than 400 people spent Sunday night in shelters.

State after state -- from North Dakota to the East Coast and all throughout the South -- has been affected by severe weather since March, according to the Red Cross. Since March 31, the organization has supported 20 disaster relief operations over more than half of the United States.

The Blue Mountain Chapter has deployed Jill Becker of Walla Walla and Genie Crowe of Dayton to assist with sheltering operations in Memphis, Tenn., and Kathie Yeager of Walla Walla is serving in Rainsville, Ala.

For more information go to www.redcross.org.

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