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More local Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana

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More volunteers from the Coastal Empire are heading west this weekend after historic flooding in Baton Rouge, LA.

We’re learning that one more volunteer with the American Red Cross Savannah Chapter is joining the team on the ground there.

As for donations, they just want money. They say the money allows them to buy the food, water and clothes they need for victims.

More than 4,000 people are in shelters across Louisiana Friday night. The floods have forced more than 40,000 people from their homes and killed more than a dozen.

Red Cross officials say they have 1,000 volunteers on the ground helping out. They're manning the shelters, feeding the victims and helping others go through their stuff.

They anticipate being in the flood zone for the next three months.

They're asking others that have the time and ability to volunteer either in your local chapter or by visiting Baton Rouge.

Listen to how they characterize the flooding.

“American Red Cross's largest response since Super Storm Sandy. It's absolutely huge. It's going to cost us well over $30 million, and that's just a general estimate. As they continue to clear, the water continues to recede, it is just absolutely catastrophic in many ways,” said Coastal and Southeast Georgia Regional Director Esther Sheppard.

If you'd like to donate to the American Red Cross, please click here.

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