By Kim Powell
MIDLAND - "When it rains, it pours, they say," Stephanie Murphree, the executive director of the American Red Cross Permian Basin Chapter, said.
And that's certainly been the case all across Texas, as massive flooding has taken over highways, destroyed homes, and left many stranded. Six people have died in Houston's flood, and nine are missing out of Hays County near Austin. Storms have been bad all month throughout the state, but this last storm over the Memorial Day weekend has local Red Cross volunteers gearing up.
"It is very likely that a lot of our volunteers might deploy in the coming weeks to help with long term recovery in the Central Texas and Gulf Coast region," Murphree said.
More than 100 counties have been affected by storms since the beginning of May. Red Cross has opened 35 shelters, handed out 28,000 meals and snacks, and given out 31,000 relief items and cleaning supplies. They're also using social media to get the word out by providing a tornado app, a flood watch app, and an app for shelters.
"You know say if we do get a round of storms here in the Permian Basin, that information will be available there as well as our Facebook page for folks to find out where a safe place is to go," Murphree said.
The local Red Cross says they're all stocked up and ready to go at a moment's notice--no matter what the disaster is.
"It's something we do everyday. It's not only being in Disaster Relief Operation mode, but it's taking care of business, you know our everyday business," Murphree said.