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"Being a Good Iowan" – Volunteers Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Thirteen people have died in the Louisiana floods and an estimated 40,000 homes are damaged. Some Iowans are among the relief workers there. (Tink Tracy/Flickr)
Thirteen people have died in the Louisiana floods and an estimated 40,000 homes are damaged. Some Iowans are among the relief workers there. (Tink Tracy/Flickr)
August 19, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Nearly a dozen Iowans are among the hundreds responding to the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Volunteers with the American Red Cross are working in emergency shelters, delivering food, water and relief supplies to the thousands who have been forced out of their homes or are living without power.

"The need is really big," said Joe Vich of Waterloo, among the 11 Red Cross workers from Iowa who are seeing it firsthand on the ground in Baton Rouge. Along with another Red Cross volunteer, Vich made the two-day, 1,000-mile journey in an emergency vehicle this week. He explained the volunteers' priorities since arriving.

"Helping people find shelter and food in this initial period of the flooding is most critical," he said. "Following that, providing cleanup kits for them and coordinating other resources so that they can get help as they begin to clean out their homes, if they can, and get back into 'em."

Vich said the disaster is the worst the nation has seen since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Thirteen people have died in the Louisiana flooding and an estimated 40,000 homes are damaged.

According to the Red Cross, the cost of the disaster response could top $10 million, and Vich said donations are desperately needed to continue the relief efforts. He said Iowa has seen its fair share of disasters, and encourages fellow Iowans to help others in need - as others have helped here.

"We can all remember back to the disaster and the tornadoes in the Parkersburg area. Certainly (in) the floods in 2008, people came from all over the country to help us," he said. "And so, we give back and try to help others that have need, no matter where that is. That's just being a good Iowan."

Volunteers from Cedar Falls, Des Moines, Marshalltown, Sioux City and Waterloo also are working in Louisiana emergency shelters and offering emotional support to victims.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IA