Flooding in RGV increases need for blood donations from other parts of Texas

Flooding in RGV increases need for blood donations from other parts of Texas
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A potential blood donation shortage is making officials with United Blood Services ask for more donations from other parts of the state of Texas.

Around 15 inches of rain have fallen in the Rio Grande Valley within the past few days, which has decreased UBS ability to collect from that area. All mobile drives in the area have been cancelled and it is projected 263 donations could be lost, according to a UBS news release.

"Expecting that we won't fully recover through the weekend we could potentially experience a loss of an additional 253 donations," Frank Esparza, USB Center Director, said in the news release. "This is especially concerning as we approach the Fourth of July holiday—a time when donations decline dramatically due to vacations and travel."

The organization is asking for donors from other areas around the state to increase donations in order to avoid a potentially urgent situation. Most blood products have a limited shelf life; about 42 days for red blood cells and five days for platelets.

Those interested in scheduling an appointment should call 877-USB-HERO (827-4376) or visit bloodhero.com.

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