MO Red Cross volunteers deployed to TX flooding relief efforts

MO Red Cross volunteers deployed to TX for flooding

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Nearly two dozen Red Cross volunteers from Missouri have been deployed to Texas after flooding has devastated the area and claimed lives.

Among those, one volunteer from the Southeast district, Margaret "Maggie" Makins will be leaving on Wednesday morning.

Makins has been assigned to Dallas as a mass care shelter supervisor and will be deployed for three weeks. Makins and her husband recently received the volunteers of the year award for southeast Missouri as well with the Red Cross. Makins is on the DAT team in Cape Girardeau County and has responded to many other national relief efforts that include 155 days being deployed since 2008.

"There's just a vast area of things to do. They need to be able to feed people, we need to shelter people, we need to just help in so many ways," Makins said. "If you were in their place and you just lost everything to a flood, where do I go, what do I do?"

About 9,000 homes have been affected in Texas and more than 2,000 trained Red Cross workers have been deployed to Texas for disaster relief.

The Red Cross has 20 emergency response vehicles serving more than 171,000 meals and snacks as well has handing out more than 101,000 relief items.

Also, Tropical Storm Bill will wash ashore near Houston and bring plenty more rain for that area as well as through Oklahoma and into Missouri as well.

Makins said she is committed to helping out those that need it in Texas and even if that is the case in other areas as she comes back home through the wake of Tropical Storm Bill's remains.

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