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local Red Cross disaster expert is packing his bags for an important job in the
Colorado flood zone.
rainfall has washed out more than 200 miles of state highways and 2,000 homes,
and has claimed at least eight lives. Todd James, executive director of the
Hancock and Seneca County Red Cross, got the call Tuesday that he's needed, so
he'll fly to Colorado for a 10-12 day mission.
role is to get the word out to the people that are affected by the floods as to
what services are available to them, where they can get help," James said. "To
let the community know what we're doing and how they can get involved."
will let flood victims know how to get hot meals or cleaning supplies. And he
knows what he's doing. He spent 10 days in Moore, OK after the May 20 tornado, helped
victims of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey, and went to Joplin, MO after the
is used to helping people in Findlay recover from flooding, but he says
Colorado is much different.
look back to August 2007, which was a 100-year flood," he said. "The event they've
had in Colorado is a thousand-year event for them. In just three days, they had
over a half-year's worth of rain."
hopes to bring home what he learns in Colorado, but hopes he never has to use it