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Direct Relief: Crews ship emergency supplies to flooded communities from Los Angeles to Salinas


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Communities across the state of California are struggling in the aftermath of Tuesday's heavy rainstorm.

"Counties to the north and south of us are really being impacted by this rain with flooding and people displaced and some real significant needs," said director of emergency response Leighton Jones of Direct Relief.

Healthcare Centers are seeking support from Direct Relief. 

Crews are working as quickly as they can to get emergency  supplies shipped across California.

“It’s for one of our partners in Salina … and the shipment over their is going to Los Angeles … one of our partners roof collapsed in the flooding," said Jones.

“All the way to PPE masks gloves … for the people taking care of those individuals in shelters," said spokesperson Brea Burkholz of Direct Relief.

Some of the supplies will be going to Watsonville where there was a major levee break. 

"3,500 individuals displaced major flooding in the community … sending supplies their for assistant and to help that community," said Jones.

"Just making sure we’re there for those who need us and that’s our continued effort right … we want to be the beacon of hope … the resource people can go to when they need assistance," said Burkholz.

Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS) requested 1,000 hygiene kits as a result of the rainstorm.

ThThe organization's CNO stated, “We are currently in a major flooding event which is expected to peak this weekend. A large number of families have been moved into shelters and will greatly increase after this weekend's flood expansion. The families who have received the kits so far are very grateful.  
Many of their homes have been destroyed, and they have been left with very little. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps our community.”

The Direct Relief team is projecting the need for emergency supplies will increase by this weekend.

The organization is also shipping supplies to communities from Los Angeles all the way up to Santa Cruz this week.

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