Red Cross volunteers sent to Virginia for Hurricane Irene relief

Monday, August 29, 2011 | 3:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two local volunteers with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross have been sent to Virginia to assist areas impacted by Hurricane Irene.

According to Capital Area Chapter Communications Director Mike Flanagan, the volunteers, one of Columbia and the other of Jefferson City, are part of two teams of two that are driving emergency response vehicles to impacted areas along the Virginia coast.

Flanagan would not release the names of the volunteers until they return.

According to the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter website, the volunteers left for Richmond, Va., last week and will stay in the state for two to three weeks. The teams will provide food and distribute supplies.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the storm left 75 percent of the Richmond area powerless and caused minor rain and wind damage.

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