The Mississippi River has reached a historic peak with record flooding in Memphis, Tennessee and is waging destruction to all surrounding states. The record that the Mississippi has flooded was in 1937 at 48.7 feet and is expected to reach near that level. The Army Corp of Engineer resorted to blowing out levees in order to save Cairo, Illinois. This resulted in 130,000 acres of farmland and over 100 houses flooding. The next on the list for floods are the towns of Natchez and Vicksburg in Mississippi.
Currently, 370 people are staying in shelters as police evacuated 1,300 homes from in Memphis. The Army Corps of Engineers also opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway and plans to open the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge. The governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and has 400 national guardsmen working to control the destruction.
In order to help, several organizations are collecting donations. The American Red Cross is providing shelter and supplies with more than 400 volunteers reacting; United Way is collecting donations; The Salvation Army is providing food, drinks, and hygiene’ and Hope Presbyterian Church is collecting and distributing aid and donations. Donations are available at the institutions web page.
The contact number for Red Cross donations is 1-800-RED-CROSS. A text saying “REDCROSS” to 90999 makes a $10 donation.
The contact number for donations to the Salvation Army is 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A test saying “GIVE” to 80888 makes a $10 donation.