American Red Cross volunteers heading to help eastern Ky. flood victims
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Local volunteers from the American Red Cross are on their way to help people affected by deadly flooding in eastern Kentucky.
The death toll stands at 19, including six children, after historic floods swept through the region, but that number is expected to rise.
One volunteer has been deployed from the southwest region and another seven from the rest of Indiana are headed that way.
Leaders say they will be working to provide physical and mental health services, and financial assistance, as well as assessing the damage.
Red Cross Southwest Executive Director Beth Sweeney says they will take all the help they can get.
“If they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and become a volunteer, that’s first and foremost what we rely on,” Sweeney said. “The Red Cross relies on those volunteers to help when a disaster happens.”
Red Cross officials say they expect more volunteers to be dispatched once this group is established and better understands the extent of the destruction.
Officials say they are also accepting donations.
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