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Douglas County residents among Red Cross volunteers on ground, en route to help Texans

Rescue boats fill a flooded street as flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Douglas and neighboring county residents are among more than 50 American Red Cross volunteers from this region who are on the ground in Texas, or expected to head south soon.

The Red Cross Kansas, Nebraska, Southwest Iowa Region has more than 40 volunteers already in Texas. They began making their way there on Thursday before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, said Jane Blocher, Red Cross executive director for Northeast Kansas. Another dozen volunteers from this region are expected to depart before the end of this week.

Blocher said a couple of those are from Douglas County, as well as several from neighboring counties.

For now, area volunteers are stationed at Red Cross shelters across the flood-ravaged area.

“It’s just all hands on deck,” Blocher said. “Most of the volunteers right now are involved with mass care, in the shelters, because that’s where the biggest need is ... we can’t really do a whole lot now except for shelter people who’ve had to evacuate.”

When waters begin to recede, Blocher said, volunteers will move into the next phase of response, including passing out cleanup kits and cleaning supplies, and assessing and verifying damage that residents are seeking help for.

As the Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately, Blocher encouraged those who want to help to donate money. The organization does not accept donations of “stuff,” she said.

Blocher said the Red Cross volunteers helping now with the storm have been previously trained through the organization and are reporting to Red Cross leaders in Texas.

How to help

Donate to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey response efforts online at redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by texting the word 'HARVEY' to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Also learn more about training to become a Red Cross volunteer online at redcross.org.

Contact public safety reporter Sara Shepherd

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Michael Kort

I hope that the Addicks and Barker Dams hold on and continue to protect Houston from downtown flooding that would occur if they collapse .


9 months, 3 weeks ago


Michael Kort

I was going to say above that those two 1940s reservoirs are flood control devices normally dry untill it rains and the CORPS will try to keep them at less than 1/3 full by letting water out thru controlled gates as fast and as safely as they can ( to be ready for the next storm ) to avoid flooding along the areas below and on into downtown Houston which is the USs 4th largest metropolitan city .

These reservoirs and dams could be described as under tested for what they do by necessity of their purpose to always be empty ready for all comers of rainfall events and be empty.....and nothing maintains itself for free...... forever .

Civil development above these dams and onto the flood plain immediately bellow these dams and allong the drainage path where the inevitable flooding would take place plus a lack of maintainance of these dams because it all costs money for " a generation who got theirs for free-who are " individuals " who don't like goverment telling them where not to build or to pay for the upkeep of our society " has left Houston facing an even worse case senario than what has already occurred there if the dams were to collapse with full reservoirs or if water tops the spillway heights and rolls dow unprotected dam faces, simply washing them out and collapsing the dams .

The Corp is in the middle of a project that was to be finished in 2019 to replace the existing drainage gates, pipes thru the dams and study the spillway height issues as a $71 million dollar project that has just been dealt a real setback by this event .

9 months, 3 weeks ago


Michael Kort

Here's a bit about these two dams from the corps .

Try not to read it too carefully..............it might scare you !


9 months, 3 weeks ago


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