Stories From the Floods

I’m sure there are thousands of stories from the recent floods that devastated 42 counties across the state. Here’s one from Memphis Connect about a family that’s had more than their fair share of disasters.

“When we woke up at four in the morning, water was inside our house and covering the cars outside,” says Brenda Marquez, 16-year-old daughter. “We had to swim to dry ground.” It was terrifying for everyone. They have nothing left.

What makes it even more difficult and heartbreaking for this family is that their home burned to the ground in December. Red Cross volunteers were there to meet their immediate emergency needs. A few months later, they moved into a new home.

“We were just recovering from the fire,” says Brenda with a sigh. “It’s hard to believe this is happening.”

While the Marquez family waits until it’s safe to return home, they’ll be cared for and comforted at the Red Cross shelter. Warm meals are served three times a day. Red Cross counselors and nurses are providing an extra layer of support.

The Red Cross has been providing all kinds of help to people who were effected by the floods. To donate to the Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting You can also text RED CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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