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Spokane Red Cross workers headed to Louisiana for flood aid

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

In contrast to the hot weather we're dealing with in Spokane, Louisiana is getting pummeled by historic and deadly flooding.

While some areas are starting to recover, forecasters say the threat isn't over, and places downstream could still see heavy flooding.

But now, the massive storm in the south is having a ripple effect in Spokane.

On Wednesday, Kris Pitcher, the Major Gift Officer for the Greater Inland Northwest Red Cross, is volunteering to go to Louisiana to help manage recovery efforts.    

"This is important mission work. There are 25,000 homes that are completely lost, 75,000 people affected, 4,800 people spent last night in one of 35 Red Cross shelters. It's our friends, it's our family," Pitcher said."It makes a difference for somebody who's literally lost everything."

So far the local Red Cross chapter is sending 26 people to Louisiana. Four are from Spokane, including Pitcher.

Directors say the expect to send even more as the need for help grows with the flooding disaster.

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