(WJHL) – The American Red Cross is rallying for support after historic rainfall and catastrophic floods continues to devastate South Carolina.
More than 24 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the state. It’s being called one of the most extensive and intense periods of rain in the history of the Southeast.
Thousands of residents have been affected by the deluge. Meteorologists predict the river flooding will continue for days.
The Red Cross says it has opened 35 shelters across multiple state and nearly 700 worker and 27 response vehicles are helping families in need.
You can help people affected by this natural disaster and other crises by making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
According to Glenda Bobalik, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, three people from Kingsport are in Columbia helping a team assess damage. A handful of local volunteers are on standby to go to South Carolina.
In addition to the crisis in the Southeast, the Red Cross continues to conduct recovery operations in California where more than 3,000 clients have been served due to the wildfires.