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Local group joins recovery efforts after flooding in Texas, Oklahoma

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SAN MARCOS, TX (WREX) - Powerful storms have swept through the states of Texas and Oklahoma since early May. A group from Northern Illinois has joined the recovery efforts in the affected areas.

"Yeah, they've lost pretty much everything," said Carla Vassmer a Red Cross volunteer.

Vassmer is from Winnebago but she's offering a helping hand in San Marcos, Texas. She and nine others from the Rockford area are volunteering there with the Red Cross.

"People we've talked to their houses will have to be bulldozed and it's pretty difficult to get very much out because there's maybe a foot of mud in it," said Vassmer.

She is in one of the hardest hit areas along the Blanco river. Vassmer is helping those who are helping others providing food and supplies to rescuers.

"They haven't found everybody yet," said Vassmer. "Their search dogs are out there. So we are going and bringing them lunch."

Texas saw record rainfall this past month. Flooding has turned streets into rivers trapping people in their homes. So far Red Cross workers have opened 30 shelters, served more than 23,000 meals and handed out thousands of relief items and cleaning supplies.

"The American Red Cross really is about neighbors helping neighbors and the ten volunteers that are deployed are really an example of that and something that we can all be proud of," said Lisa La Sala, American Red Cross of Northern Illinois Execute Director.

Sunshine is in the forecast for the next couple of days, leaving a window of time for cleanup efforts. Vassmer says the devastation is unbelievable, but people are coming together to overcome this tragedy.

"People are amazing, even when they lose their entire house and everything in it,"said Vassmer. "The resilience of neighbors and families and people helping them just helps them to keep going day-to-day."

If you would like to donate to the recovery efforts in Texas and Oklahoma log on to the Red Cross website.

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