Mar 18, 2016 12:20 PM
Red Cross sends 2 New Englanders to southern states to help after severe flooding
CONCORD - After devastating flooding and tornados forced thousands of people from their homes in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, two New Englanders are running to the rescue.
The American Red Cross New Hampshire/Vermont chapter is sending two of their workers down to the southern states for approximately two weeks to help with ongoing flood response.
Red Cross volunteer Lynne Bernard of Bedford is deploying to Beaumont, Texas as a disaster assessment supervisor to work in communities and assess damage that will begin the process of assistance for affected properties.
Additionally, Red Cross staffer Dan Lavilette, of Burlington, Vt. leaves for Alexandria, La. on Saturday to work as a client casework manager. Lavilette will lead a team of Red Cross caseworkers meeting one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and connect them with resources.
Hundreds of Red Cross workers from around the country are being sent down to an area of approximately 100,000 square miles at risk for severe flooding.
Since the flooding began, the organization has provided 2,100 overnight stays in 55 shelters, served 36,500 meals and snacks and distributed 15,400 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies.