Arkansas making efforts to help Texas citizens after Hurricane Harvey causes damage, flooding

Arkansas working to help Texas after Hurricane Harvey

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Texas suffered flooding and major damage after Hurricane Harvey swept through several cities in the state. Arkansas is making efforts to help Texas recover.

People across Arkansas want to help our neighbors in Texas. The best and easiest way is through the Red Cross.

Here's the information you need if you want to reach them. You can go online to redcross.org. The phone number is simple: 1-800 Red Cross. And you can make a $10 donation automatically through your mobile phone.

Just text “Harvey" to 90999.

The Veterans Administration here in Little Rock is helping Houston as well. The flooding forced the evacuation of the call center there. So now calls from that area are coming into the phones at the McClellan Hospital here in Arkansas.

“We answer any emergency phone calls. We answer any medication phone calls any scheduling phone calls, pharmacy issues. Things like that so that Houston can use their staff to staff in-house to take care of the patients they have there at the facility currently,” said Pat Kloske, Nurse Manager at Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care SVC.

They expect to have the temporary center open through tomorrow morning.

Also Sunday, Governor Asa Hutchinson mobilized the Arkansas National Guard Civil Support Team. The 61st CST will deploy Monday to help local authorities on the ground in Texas and Louisiana.

Those guardsmen will join other Arkansans already in the disaster area. The tour bus company Little Rock Tours is down in Rockport, Texas where the storm made landfall Friday. Its buses are being used by FEMA to evacuate people there. The company's drivers said the damage is overwhelming in the entire area.

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