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North Dakota Red Cross volunteers head to flood-ravaged Louisiana

Preston Stone | 19 August, 2016, 00:11

"I want to do anything I can to help them get back up on their feet and going back to a normal life and living again and getting situated again", Madden said.

According to Deskins, the Red Cross now has more than 1,000 volunteers in Louisiana.

The floods began during torrential rains Friday and many homes and businesses are still underwater.

The Red Cross predicts the Louisiana floods could be the worst natural disaster in the USA since Super Storm Sandy hit the East coast in 2012.

He's also from Baton Rouge and lived in New Orleans when Katrina hit.

More than 500 disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their way to help in Louisiana.

Dozens of Nashville volunteers will head to Louisiana this weekend to help those devastated by the flood.

"The best way to check is to go to our Safe and Well website, because people who have been affected by disasters, at every shelter they can register themselves on that website", said Fernandez-Gevaert.

The state also faces a long-term challenge of how to house the thousands of displaced people and how to pay for the damage the water left behind.

The Red Cross says money and blood donations are requested to help residents in the area.

The Red Cross estimates their relief efforts for just this flooding will be 10 million dollars for this storm.

She said they need to wait and see if any flooding will impact North East or North West Louisiana before they send all of their resources down south.

And you can help by donating at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-Red Cross or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Joseph Mertes and his wife Glenda are National Red Cross Volunteers from Atlanta that drove to Augusta to use their Emergence Response vehicle.

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