Red Cross sends Arizona volunteers to help in flood-ravaged Texas

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Record rainfall and powerful storms in Texas have wreaked havoc across parts of the state and in the Midwest, causing flash floods, spawning tornadoes and forcing thousands of people from their homes.

Folks from other states, including Arizona, are doing what they can to help. Red Cross volunteers from Arizona have been sent to Texas to assist residents there who have been affected by the severe weather.

So far, 18 people from Arizona have been deployed, and more are on being deployed daily. Others remain on standby.

Volunteers will be driving Red Cross trucks to deliver hot meals and cleanup supplies, managing shelters and providing nursing care in those shelters.

Other volunteers are deploying "virtually," and supporting the operation from Arizona by doing casework by phone, handling social media posts and more.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is "absolutely devastating."

The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small town of Wimberley.

At a news conference, Abbott says the damage he saw was "absolutely massive" from the storms' "relentless tsunami-type power."

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