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S.A. Red Cross to aid flood victims

Ten representatives from the south Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross have been deployed to aid in the flooding disaster in Louisiana, according to officials.

Linda Lewis of the American Red Cross spoke about the organization’s efforts at the Breakfast with an Elected Official event Tuesday morning at the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce. The Red Cross was the event’s sponsor.

“Over the whole state, the Red Cross sent five ERV (emergency response vehicle) teams,” Lewis said. “When you don’t have a toothbrush or deodorant, these teams come in handy.”

Lewis said she receives frequent emails on the flooding in Louisiana, and that the flooding is classified as a level seven, which is second to Superstorm Sandy in magnitude of the disaster.

“We are continually deploying day in and day out,” she said. “By the time this is over, it’s estimated that we are going to spend $10 million. We are in fundraising and volunteer mode.”

Lewis said volunteer Sandra Gray is going to aid flood victims this week.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to donate, visit the Red Cross’s website at www.redcross.org.