Rhinelander, Nekoosa women help with Colorado flood relief
By Paige Hulsey, Weekend anchor, multimedia journalist - email
Flooding in Colorado is so severe the Red Cross is bringing in volunteers from Wisconsin.
More than 250 trained disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers - four of them are from the Western Wisconsin Region. Carol Miller, from Rhinelander, headed to Denver on Tuesday to become the fifth volunteer from this area.
Red Cross leaders also announced Johanna Schoeppl of Nekoosa will head to Colorado for two weeks to help.
Red Cross Disaster Services says volunteers closest to the event were called upon first but as the need increases, so does the radius for calling in volunteers.
Miller, a retired registered nurse, volunteered after Katrina, Isaac, and Sandy. She isn't sure what to expect in Colorado.
"I'm nervous. It's that human fear of the unknown but I'm also excited," said Miller. She will spend two weeks in Colorado providing physical support to the Red Cross workforce.
If you want to help the relief efforts in Colorado, you can donate at www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 and a $10 donation will be charged to your phone bill.