Louisiana flooding could be largest relief effort since Super Storm Sandy

San Antonio American Red Cross volunteers head to Louisiana

SAN ANTONIO – The American Red Cross is mobilizing massive relief efforts for the thousands staying in over 4,500 emergency shelters. Affected parishes have been declared major disaster areas. The American Red Cross has dispatched volunteers and aid to Louisiana.

The relief efforts could be the largest since Super Storm Sandy.

"We're expecting this to go over probably $10 million response for us," San Antonio America Red Cross executive director Monica Reyes said.

A couple of crews from San Antonio have already been sent to help. More will head west in the coming days.

"We have two emergency response vehicles that have been deployed and those who can provide with mass care (and) feeding in impacted areas," Reyes said.

Once the water recedes, the Red Cross will still be there to provide aid.

With South Texas getting much-needed rain as well, there is the chance for potential flooding this week, and the Red Cross wants to remind everyone to be prepared.

"Our message is be safe, be prepared and download some Red Cross apps," Reyes said.

If you want to help, you can make a monetary donation by texting LA Floods to 90999. For more information on how to become a volunteer, click here.

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Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter.