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Volunteers are needed to help flood victims
Bulloch Red Cross seeks help for people affected by north ga. flooding
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    The Bulloch County American Red Cross chapter is seeking volunteers for helping provide assistance to flood victims in the North Georgia area.
    The deluge of rain that closed schools and hundreds of roads across Georgia turned deadly on Monday.  Several metro Atlanta counties, including Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Gwinnett, and Paulding, reported heavy flood damage.  In north Georgia, Chattooga, Murray, Stephens, and Troup counties were among the hardest hit areas.
    Six people, including a toddler, have been confirmed dead and emergency crews are searching for countless more reported missing amid the flood waters.
    In Lawrenceville, a  van was swept into a rain-swollen creek. A rescue team  found the woman driver dead.  In Douglas County, a man's body was found downstream from where his car was swept into a creek.  Carroll County rescuers found "people hanging from trees, hanging onto their babies."
    Ruben Brown, a spokesman for the Metro Atlanta Red Cross, said   volunteers are locating and coordinating the opening of emergency shelters.  “The Red Cross is here to provide hope and stability to those who need it the most in a time of great chaos,” he said. “Over the weekend, we provided 57 people with food and a safe haven, and we know that number has risen dramatically today.”
     Preliminary estimates from emergency management partners indicate that as many as 1,000 people could potentially need shelter. The Red Cross planned to open shelters throughout the north Georgia region Monday evening, but it must first ensure that each site is safe and accessible. Flood conditions have closed hundreds of roads, making the process of identifying appropriate sites particularly challenging.  
     All Red Cross disaster relief is free.  If you wish to volunteer in these relief efforts, please contact the Bulloch County American Red Cross office at (912)764-4468.

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