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Local Red Cross volunteers help Colorado flood victims

Wisconsin has sent 21 volunteers so far, a number that is expected to grow.
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - At least eight people have been killed and 581 people are still unaccounted for in Colorado.

 

The historic flooding has destroyed or damaged over 19,000 homes and washed away 400 miles of road.

           

Authorities say it could be months before the extent of the damage is known.

 

Today two more local Red Cross volunteers left for Colorado.

 

They are joining an army of close to 650 volunteers from around the nation.

 

"I am anxious not knowing what I am really going to get to, where I will be sleeping tonight" says Joyce Petit, a 30 year veteran volunteer with the Red Cross.

 

She has deployed to more than a dozen out of state disasters, and helped in countless situations close to home.

 

"It is overpowering" Petit says. "One time I arrived at a tornado and there was just nothing at all, nothing in the area.

 

Jody Weyers, from our local red cross has been in the flood zone since Sunday.

 

The team has supplied close to 11,000 meals and delivered ten truck loads of supplies.

 

"Making sure people have a safe place to sleep, they have food to eat, they have some basic medical care" says Barbara Behling, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

 

Wisconsin has sent 21 volunteers so far, a number that is expected to grow.

 

"I know that right now there are Red Cross Volunteers home today packing their bags anticipating that the phone call will come in" Behling says.  

 

Petit checked in with a one way ticket at this point. She has been told to prepare for a three week deployment, but could be home sooner if they solve problems faster.  

 

"It is really a proud moment for all of us at the Red Cross, that we can all come together and really support people in a great time of need" says Behling.

 

If you want to donate to the Red Cross you can call 1-800-red cross (1-800-733-2767) or Or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 

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