Red Cross volunteers head out to help with Harvey relief

28 August 2017, 12:33 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Heavy rains are resulting in major flooding that is expected to cause unsafe conditions for the millions of people who live in the storm's path, particular in and around Houston.

"I'm just thinking about the people involved and hoping people are staying safe and using their resources wisely", Catherine Rabenstine, Red Cross, said.

Another member of the Connecticut Red Cross team, Stefanie Arcangelo said recovery efforts have been nonstop but their number one priority has been safety and providing shelter.

"There's never enough people at a local level for these larger events, so last month at the Detwiler Fire down in Mariposa County our operations chief came in from Texas", Friedman said.

To donate to the Red Cross, text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

As of 11 p.m. on Saturday, Harvey, since downgraded to a tropical storm, was only moving at 1 mile per hour, raising flooding concerns.

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14 volunteers from the Western and Central New York region are deploying to the Gulf Coast.

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary and blood donations to help those affected by Harvey, which is still dumping rain on the Houston area in Texas.

The US president added that he planned traveling to the the southern state of Texas which suffered from the storm "as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption".

At least two people were dead and 12 or more were injured as a result of the hurricane Sunday morning.

A Canonsburg woman will be boarding an airplane this afternoon, heading for Baton Rouge, La., as a volunteer with American Red Cross to help set up shelters for victims of Hurricane Harvey.



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