Melinda Helbock

The American Red Cross is asking for Our Help

The American Red Cross is asking for our help with donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Follow this link to donate or text REDCROSS to 90999. Your donations will help people affected by Hurricane Isaac and other disasters such as floods and wildfires.

Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is still wreaking havoc. According to an article published by NBC, although Plaquemines Parish was under a mandatory evacuation, only half of the 2,000 residents left before it hit.

"We have flooding, inundated four-to-nine feet in areas," parish emergency management official Guy Laigast told The Weather Channel. "We’ve got homes that have been inundated."

"It’s piling that water up on the east side of the Mississippi River," he added. "All that water is ponding up in that area, and that’s what’s causing the overtopping."

The storm reportedly flooded areas of the Mississippi coast as well, flooding several homes and leaving thousands of people misplaced. The storm caused more than 656,000 homes to lose power in southern Louisiana.

Luckily, there have been no reported injuries or deaths. But, thousands of people are in shelters waiting be able to go back to their homes.

This is just one example of the devastating effects natural disasters can have on individuals, families and entire communities. Join me and the American Red Cross by making a donation to help these families rebuild their lives. Every dollar helps!