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Oregon Red Cross volunteers head south to help with flood relief

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Volunteers with the Red Cross flew out of Portland International Airport Monday on their way to help residents in the south experiencing flooding. (KPTV) Volunteers with the Red Cross flew out of Portland International Airport Monday on their way to help residents in the south experiencing flooding. (KPTV)
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Families in parts of the south, particularly Louisiana, are cleaning up and drying off Monday after storms rolled in causing record-setting floods.

Debris could be floating around for days and the flood waters are expected to stick around until at least the end of the week.

The Northwest Oregon chapter of the Red Cross is sending volunteers to help out with the cleanup.

Four people left Monday morning after another dozen left Sunday. They will be going to Louisiana and Mississippi to assist with recovery efforts.

Jim and Becky Hoffman were two of the volunteers who caught a flight at PDX Monday morning to go help, and they say there is no better feeling than helping those in need.

“It's a way to give to others and that's part of what we are all about with the Red Cross,” Becky explained.

“They are so appreciative that we are there. That is reward enough,” Jim added.

The volunteers will do task such as setting up places for people to stay and giving out food and relief supplies to the flood victims in Mississippi.

Anyone interested in volunteering through the Red Cross is asked to go to RedCross.org/Oregon.

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