LAWTON-- The flooding in Duncan is worse than first thought. We now know more than 50 homes were damaged and the Red Cross expects that number to grow as mold continues to take over people's homes.
It was just last week 7 News reported the Red Cross was asking for donations because of the Comanche County floods three weeks ago. They were hoping to replenish their coffers in case the area saw more disasters. Needless to say, we did and now the Red Cross says they are stretched thin.
"We have a lot of people tell us 'I don't know what I would have done without the Red Cross,'" said Emergency Services Director Ann Thompson. "That's one of the reasons to be a Red Cross volunteer. You get that affirmation that your efforts aren't for nothing, and you see that you're actually making a difference in your community. And I can't think of a better way to spend my time."
They could use your help right now, too. There are now flood victims across two counties. "It's important because we're having really a hard storm season right now, and people are getting really stretched thin," said Red Cross Volunteer Steve Dickey. "I've been in three or four different places, and actually I've needed to be in six or seven places."
They also need money. They only have four paid workers, so that group can barely help those who need it and they say if another disaster comes, they won't be ready. "Somehow we're able to take care of five counties, and that's pretty awesome on behalf of these folks that are putting in that time," Thompson said.
The Red Cross is setting up a service center in Duncan this Saturday. They'll have cleaning kits available, response teams ready to help, and all the information you need to help you get back on your feet. The location has yet to be decided.