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Around 850 residents remain in River Center shelter

1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago August 30, 2016 Aug 30, 2016 Tuesday, August 30 2016 August 30, 2016 3:29 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - The American Red Cross reports about 850 people are still staying at the Baton Rouge River Center after it was converted into a shelter for residents displaced by this month's floods.

The aid organization says thousands of volunteers have come from across the nation to the Capital City to assist in the ongoing relief efforts. When News 2 went to the River Center on Tuesday to interview people at the shelter, many of them said they were "renters" who did not own property and now have nowhere to go.

To assist these residents in deciding what will come next, many volunteers are working with those people to help them look into transitional housing options.

The Red Cross estimates it has spent between $35 million and $40 million to help families get back on their feet since flooding devastated multiple communities two weeks ago. We'll showcase a story of resilience in the wake of a tragic event tonight on News 2 at 6.

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