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Red Cross of South Texas Prepared to Aid Displaced Harvey Vi

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HARLINGEN – The American Red Cross said relief efforts for the thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey are far from over.

Officials said they’ll need help from the community until at least Thanksgiving.

Executive director for the Red Cross of South Texas, Danella Hughes, said at the moment the local chapter is sending truckloads of supplies to the coastal bend twice a day.

Hughes stated volunteers can’t get to Houston right now, because the city is still in search and recovery mode. For now, they’ll focus on assisting people living near Corpus Christi with water and food.

She added that the Red Cross categorizes disasters by seven different levels. The damage caused by Harvey is at the highest level.

“We are looking at marathon rates; we’re looking at sheltering and feeding all the way through Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of time between now and November. What’s going to happen is that water is still going to sit in Houston. Those folks aren’t going to be able to go back home and they’re going to stay with us at American Red Cross at our shelters,” said Hughes.

Hughes expects some displaced families from the Houston area to head to the Rio Grande Valley after the rain subsides.

She added that more donations are needed, as well as volunteers.

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