The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 14, 2013

Red Cross volunteer from Enid heading to flood-ravaged Colo.

Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid volunteer with the American Red Cross is joining several others from Oklahoma to assist with relief efforts in flood-ravaged Colorado.

Four people have been confirmed dead since flooding in an area the size of Connecticut began Wednesday. Another woman was missing and presumed dead, after witnesses saw floodwaters from the Big Thompson River destroy her home in Larimer County.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the mountainous area by the National Guard, who used helicopters to search for those trapped in isolated communities.

The other Oklahoma volunteers are from Duncan, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and the Norman area.

“After our May storms and tornadoes, over 2,000 volunteers from across the country came to Oklahoma to help,” said regional CEO Janienne Bella. “Now, it’s our turn to pay it forward.

One volunteer will serve as a damage assessment manager, and the other two will take one of the region’s three emergency response vehicles. Spokesman Ken Garcia did not identify the Enid volunteer by name in a press release.

These are the trucks used by volunteers to deliver drinks, snacks, meals and supplies to residents in flooded areas. After the Oklahoma tornadoes, Bella said, 45 of these vehicles were sent to the state to help provide those same services.

The volunteers will be deployed for at least two weeks, but they can stay longer if they choose. American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma may send more volunteers if they are needed.

Those wanting to help can download the Team Red Cross App on their smartphone. To assist monetarily, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.