More Bay Area Volunteers Head to Colorado Flood Zone

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A road crew works on a stretch of highway destroyed by flooding along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colorado, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Floodwaters affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, about the size of the entire state of Connecticut.

    Another 20 Bay Area volunteers are traveling to Colorado to assist the thousands of residents there affected by recent floods, the American Red Cross Bay Area and Silicon Valley chapters said.

    Fourteen volunteers from the Bay Area chapter and six from the Silicon Valley chapter are deploying, Red Cross officials said.

    The group includes residents of San Francisco, Vacaville, Foster City, Union City, Berkeley, Castro Valley, San Mateo, Antioch, Oakland and San Ramon, among other communities.

    They are joining 42 volunteers from the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz areas already working in Colorado.

    More than 760 Red Cross volunteers are working in Colorado, staffing 24 mobile feeding units and providing shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those displaced by the massive floods.

    The Red Cross has served more than 13,000 meals and snacks so far and provided more than 2,640 health and mental services, officials said.

    To help support Red Cross relief effort in Colorado, donations can be made online at redcross.org or by calling (800) RED-CROSS. An automatic $10 donation can be made by sending a text to 90999.