Red Cross sending more people to ND flood zone

The American Red Cross is sending another 150 people to the North Dakota flood zone to operate emergency shelters to join the 85 such volunteers who are already there.

Red Cross spokeswoman Courtney Johnson says the relief organization already has shelters set up three cities in North Dakota - Grand Forks, Bismarck and Fargo - and one on the other side of the Red River in Moorhead, Minn.

She says the additional staff isn't necessarily a sign that the Red Cross is expecting a disaster. It's an acknowledgment that with the Red now projected to crest at an unprecedented 43-feet, the Red Cross has to be prepared.

She says the shelter teams coming to the area include volunteers with expertise in logistics, mental health and disaster medicine.

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