DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Chapter of the American Red Cross is leaving Friday to help those in Texas dealing with historic flooding.
16 volunteers from the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton chapters of the American Red Cross have been deployed in the last five days to aid in the relief of the flooding going on throughout the state. The Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) from both chapters have been sent to the state as well.
The volunteers, nine from Greater Cincinnati and seven from Greater Dayton who are part of the same regional operations area, are helping relief efforts in a wide variety of areas, including nursing, shelter services and overall client assistance. Deployments are for a minimum of two weeks.
The Red Cross already opened 16 shelters for those families displaced by the immense areas of flooding, providing meals in coordination with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other local partners. Overall, more than 400 Red Cross volunteers nationally have deployed to the state, along with more than 30 ERVs. In addition to helping staff the shelters and help the families, the volunteers will begin using the ERVs to deliver relief supplies as soon as it is safe to do so. The flooding has washed out many roads and bridges.
Texas has been deluged since the beginning of the year, with parts of the rain-saturated state most recently receiving as much as 19 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend. Brenham, Texas, located about 65 miles northwest of Houston, received 18 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The Brazos River, which runs diagonally across the state, is projected to crest at nearly 55 feet, which is the highest it has been in more than a century.