(KWES) - Historic flooding has hit South Louisiana hard, forcing thousands from their homes.
Officials estimate at least 2,700 homes have been affected – and this number is expected to grow. Many of the affected neighborhoods are in areas that typically don't experience flooding.
Life-threatening flood waters combined with power outages and road closures are complicating relief efforts.
Despite these struggles, Red Cross disaster volunteers are opening shelters, providing meals and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes. Many of these local volunteers have also been affected by the flooding.
At least 4,700 people are in dozens of Red Cross and community shelters in Louisiana, and they are not expected to empty out anytime soon.
"This has become an enormous operation and we are going to have to raise over $1 million to try to start to cover the costs of this disaster," said Red Cross Regional Chief Development Officer Kearney Gay.
That is why NewsWest9 and Raycom Media are teaming up with the American Red Cross to bring disaster relief to those affected by the flooding.
You can help people affected by the flooding in South Louisiana by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or by clicking here:
Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
The Red Cross is asking that instead of donating items, those that want to help should donate money instead so that their response can be activated more quickly and items needed can be bought in bulk.