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Red Cross prepares for Flood Relief

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - About two weeks ago deadly tornadoes tore through the southern part of the United States. Now parts of the Mississippi river are flooding wreaking more havoc across the country.

Mitizi Oxford, Development Director for the West Central Georgia Red Cross tells us that they are already making plans to provide assistance to flood victims.

"We've already had close to a thousand people in Red Cross shelters along the lines of where there is flooding," Oxford said.

Bill Townsend is one of many who have suffered from tornadoes that passed through Meriwether County Georgia. Trees that once towered above his home now lay flattened in his back yard.

Thanks to the help of local volunteers some of the trees have been cleared, and with help from the American Red Cross he and his wife have food, fresh drinking water, and cleaning supplies.

"American Red Cross has certainly stepped up to the plate I have to say until this happens I didn't know all the services and things they have to offer," Townsend said.

Steve Studds has worked for the American Red Cross for 10 years.

For the past two weeks Studds has been in Meriwether County to help victims of the storms. He's known to many who live in the area as the man with nerves of steel.

"What we are doing and what the other agencies out here are doing to improve these people's lives and bring them back to normal," Studds said.

Studds and other workers have spent countless hours helping victims in Georgia and Alabama, but their work doesn't end. Many of these same workers will be packing up in the days ahead and heading to Tennessee and other areas to help victims of flooding.

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