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More local Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana

Obama's Vacation During Louisiana Flooding Leads to Backlash

The deluge washed over 20 parishes, leaving 13 people dead, roughly 40,000 houses underwater and more than 86,000 residents applying for federal disaster aid.

As of Friday morning, the Red Cross has provided more than 32,000 overnight shelter stays since the flooding began as well as serving more than 158,000 meals and snacks with the help of several organizations.

Over 1,500 volunteers with the American Red Cross have been sent to the Louisiana area to help those affected by severe flooding.

The Red Cross can not accept donations of clothes and other items, but they are in need of cash donations.

In a statement issued Friday, White House officials said they coordinated with local authorities in Louisiana to determine an appropriate time for the president to visit the state and together decided on August 23 as the date for the visit. Many flash floods and historic damages for regions of the United States, but it appears that the Louisiana flooding is one of those widespread events that is having huge implications for people in that region.

She says what you see in pictures and on TV is not like anything like seeing in person.

While being a volunteer appeals to many, the Red Cross says right now they need something more: money.

The Red Cross uses the donations to provide residents with shelter, mental health support, clean-up supplies and other recovery services. In addition, hundreds more local volunteers are continuing to support relief efforts. The Red Cross is working with the entire disaster response community - national, state and local agencies and organizations to make sure people get the help they need.

This is when the Red Cross, steps in to help.

Art Hopkins of New Milford will be physically deploying to serve as a Shelter Supervisor in Louisiana, while Harriet McClay of Naugatuck will be virtually deploying as a Call Center Agent.