Local Red Cross volunteers helping flood victims in Texas

A motorist passes through a low-water crossing on a road closed due to high water near New Braunfels, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2016. About half of Texas is under flood watches or warnings, including Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston, where about 1,400 homes have been affected by the swollen Brazos River. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A local red cross volunteer is on her way to Texas to help flood victims there.

Lisa Phee, a Red Cross volunteer from Williamsburg, left for Austin Friday. She will be an emergency response vehicle driver.

Phee will join several other Virginians already volunteering in the state. The Red Cross has been there since flooding started in April.

The Red Cross told 10 On Your Side nearly 300 Red Cross volunteers are providing shelter, meals, health services and emotional support. They will be distributing relief supplies and delivering meals to impacted neighborhoods as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Red Cross has opened or is supporting 15 shelters in Texas. Emergency officials estimate some 6,000 homes may have been affected by this latest round of flooding.

If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross or would like to donate, visit www.redcross.org/va.

 

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