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North Texans Offer Assistance to Louisiana Flood Victims

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    North Texans Offer Assistance to Louisiana Flood Victims

    North Texans are rushing to help people in Louisiana who have been flooded out of their homes. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016)

    North Texans are rushing to help people in Louisiana who have been flooded out of their homes.

    "This operation is not going to be one of these, come in for two weeks (and then leave)," said Terry Henderson, with Texas Baptist Men. "This is going to be a long-term operation."

    The American Red Cross of North Texas and Texas Baptist Men both have disaster relief teams working near Baton Rouge, where tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes by high water.

    "We're looking closer to this weekend before the water will recede, is what the officials are telling us," said Henderson.

    North Texans Reaching Out to Flood VictimsNorth Texans Reaching Out to Flood Victims

    North Texas is gearing up to help people displaced by severe flooding in Louisiana.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016)

    Dallas County, which provided shelters for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago, could offer up to three shelters this year, if needed.

    "There's only a few places like Dallas that are inland and big and have the resources that we have," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. "The governor's office and the feds would be paying us back, so we're going to do what they ask us to do."

    "If they tell us that we need to do more, we're going to do more," Jenkins said.

    So far, Louisiana has not requested any help of that nature from the state of Texas.

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