Iowa Red Cross Volunteers Heading to Storm-Ravaged Texas

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DES MOINES, Iowa — With the so much of a small east Texas town still in the dark, electric companies and the American Red Cross are moving in to help the town recover from the EF3 tornado that touched down Sunday night.

Among those Red Cross workers, are three volunteers from Iowa.

Rich and Carolyn Newkirk of Ankeny and Stewart Coulson of Charles City are departing today over the noon hour.

All three are Red Cross disaster mental health volunteers, trained to help victims and relief workers deal with the trauma and stresses of disaster.

Around 70 tornadoes were spotted in Van Zandt County, causing heaving damage to the community. Heavy rain has also caused flooding and forced people to leave their homes.

Red Cross workers have shelters open and are distributing food and relief supplies as well as providing health services.

You can help by making a donation at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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