Lubbock Red Cross aids flood victims near Fort Worth

Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM CDT
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Source: KVTV
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HORSESHOE BEND, TX (KCBD) - In the community of HorseShoe Bend, near Weatherford, TX, nearly 200 homes are flooded in several feet of flood water.

Red Cross crews are on ground there with a disaster response effort, including Lubbock's chapter. John Cummins, the Red Cross senior disaster program manager in Lubbock, arrived in Fort Worth area Tuesday morning to help these victims. He will stay there for at least the next two weeks.

The Red Cross has opened shelters open for those displaced, Cummins said, and will provide victims with food and financial assistance.

"[In] situations like this where there is flooding and stuff, we can't exactly get in and do a lot of damage assessment and find out what the needs truly are until the water goes down," Cummins said, "so right now we've been focused on shelters and feeding."

While there are no reports of anyone trapped or injured in that area, with the amount of homes and damage involved, Cummins said they have more disaster crews headed their way.

"That's basically where we bring in the overhead teams and stuff," he said, "and we start doing things like disaster assessment, opening the shelters, doing some bulk feeding and then we go into casework and client recovery."

Disaster response efforts are actually common in North Texas, Cummins said, especially this past year.

"We're probably on the third one for the last six months for North Texas," he said. "The last one being is set of flooding and tornadoes that came through a few months ago."

To help flood victims in both the Fort Worth and the Houston area, Cummins said to visit or contact the Red Cross Lubbock office at 806-765-8534 to donate.

"The big thing is the Red Cross, we try to help as many people as we can through financial assistance so financial donations are always welcome."

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