Red Cross asks for help with Colorado floods

Published 10:52 am Thursday, September 19, 2013

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is looking to help relief efforts in Colorado.

The American Red Cross for Freeborn and Mower counties is supporting rescue operations in Colorado by providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes by devastating flash flooding.

Red Cross disaster workers are at the Boulder airport reception center to provide care and comfort as stranded residents arrive after being airlifted out of flooded neighborhoods and towns.

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Already there have been thousands of overnight stays in the 24 shelters across the state.

“The Red Cross is making sure that people in Colorado get the help they need,” said Bob Meyer, chief development officer for the Southern Minnesota Red Cross. “We are expanding our relief efforts as more workers, equipment and supplies arrive — and we will be on the ground for weeks to come helping people recover.”

The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials, the Colorado National Guard and community organizations to ensure people get the help they need. Government officials estimate as many as 18,000 homes are affected by the Colorado flooding.

Access to some communities remains difficult due to floodwaters and damaged roads. As these areas begin to reopen, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute relief supplies and support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months.

The Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and needs the continued support of the public to help those affected. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local American Red Cross chapter, 1608 W. Fountain St., Albert Lea.