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Duluth Red Cross Volunteers Head to Houston

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Here in Duluth, two Red Cross volunteers joined almost eighty people across Minnesota and Wisconsin headed down south to help in Houston. 

A total of nine people from across the KBJR 6 viewing area are either on their way or in Houston.

Following Hurricane Harvey's devastating and destructive flooding, Red Cross volunteers across the nation are loading up and heading south.

Northland Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Tony Guerra says, "right now I think the Red Cross is calling for 4,000 volunteers down there in the Houston, Corpus Christi area because of the severity of the flooding and the hurricane."

Here in the Northland, Carol Christianson prepares to travel to Houston for her fifth emergency disaster deployment in the past two years.

 "They're on their way down to Texas for two weeks minimum and they're going to be working hard," says Guerra. 

Driving down in a Red Cross emergency response vehicle, Christianson will deliver food and supplies to local shelters and response teams. A role she says she's willing to take. "Helping people, they're so appreciative when you give them water and food and supplies. It's just a good feeling," says Christianson. 

 Volunteers like Christianson make all the difference for people who lost everything in the storm.

Guerra says, "They're going to come back tired, but with a great feeling of they helped people and a learning experience that we may have to use up here in the Northland sometime."

There is a call for Red Cross-trained and vetted volunteers to join recovery efforts. 

Crews are headed from Madison, Eau Claire, Wausau and northeast Wisconsin to Houston where they'll pick up supplies to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Minnesota Power crews remain on standby to help with mass outages in Texas. Minnesota Power says, one has been mobilized yet, but 30 line workers and support staff are ready to go if the call comes.

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