Sixteen Red Cross emergency response vehicles are providing mobile feeding and distributing cleanup supplies in flood-ravaged neighborhoods.
Since flooding began, more than 800 Red Cross volunteers have been working to support the disaster-caused needs of families.
To date, the Red Cross has sheltered nearly 500 people (2,202 overnight stays), served 25,271 meals and 19,479 snacks, and distributed 4,469 clean-up and comfort kits.
Preliminary damage assessment reports indicate that 2,851 homes (774 destroyed; 762 with major damage) have been affected by flooding in 20 counties.
A federal disaster declaration was issued for 17 Georgia counties: Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Cobb, Chattooga, Cherokee, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Heard, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker .
The Red Cross is also helping families in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina who were forced to evacuate their homes. In Alabama, there was sporadic flooding in Hale, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Shelby and Jefferson counties; in North Carolina, there was flooding in Transylvania County; and in Tennessee, residents in Walker and Hamilton counties were impacted by flood waters.
To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to the American Red Cross Savannah Chapter, P. O. Box 9987, Savannah, GA 31412.