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Red Cross Getting Local Donations for Harvey, Irma

First Harvey and now Irma. Those two devastating storms have kept Red Cross volunteers busy, but also people, even locally, have been donating generously. Red Cross Gold Country Chapter spokesman Steve Walsh says they’ve raised over a million and a half dollars in the 14-county region, including Nevada County for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Over a million was raised from telethons on Channels 3 and 13, but some hart-warming smaller donations have also been made…

Listen to Steve Walsh 1

Even before the storm hit, local volunteers had already mobilized for Hurricane Irma, with four people driving the big Emergency Response Vehicles to Florida to distribute items like food, water, and blankets. As more information about the damage from Irma comes in, more donations will be needed. Walsh says he asked one of his superiors if people will donate twice when there are back-to-back disasters like this…

Listen to Steve Walsh 2

Irma made landfall as a Category Four Hurricane yesterday in the Florida keys, but has since been downgraded. Millions of people are without power and a storm surge that is expected to follow, is what officials are worried could cause the most damage.

 

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