TERRE HAUTE -- The American Red Cross recently announced that sufficient funds were received and pledged to cover the costs of its recent Wabash Valley and Indiana flood response.
The relief operation, the largest in Indiana in more than 70 years, is expected to cost between $4.5-$5 million. The Wabash Valley piece of that total cost is in excess of $480,000, according to Red Cross officials.
Locally, more than $345,000 was raised for the Wabash Valley flood relief victims.
"We are grateful to our fellow Hoosiers who also gave toward the relief efforts," Wabash Valley American Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Carol Stevens said. "The support of individuals, corporations and foundations not only represents the care and concern the people of Indiana have for each other, but also the trust they have in the Red Cross to meet the immediate, emergency needs of those affected by disasters."
The American Red Cross relies on citizens to provide its disaster services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-long.
"In fact, today, we are gearing up for (Hurricane) Gustav and preparing to deploy our emergency response vehicle and two volunteers to Hattiesburg, Miss., Red Cross staging area before Gustav hits the (border) along the Gulf of New Mexico coast line," Stevens said.
The American Red Cross Wabash Valley Chapter serves Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar County in Illinois.