SIOUX CITY | Three Siouxlanders were among the 20 Iowans who are either in Texas or headed there to pitch in on the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through the Iowa Red Cross.
Allen Van Beek of Rock Rapids was deployed to assist with the distribution of emergency supplies and Tyler Martensen of Mapleton volunteered with health services. Joining them is Randall Hitchcock of Sioux City who departs Tuesday.
According to the Red Cross, the organization has set up 34 shelters -- a number it expects to grow -- that have taken in more than 1,800 people after Saturday's deadly storm and the continued flooding in Texas where the brunt of the storm struck.
Harvey will continue to produce an additional several feet of rain over the next few days and millions of people are facing flash flood warnings, including the entire Houston metro area which is under a flash flood emergency.
The Red Cross has enough shelter supplies in Texas to support 28,000 people and supplies for an additional 22,000 people are being sent, according to the organization. In addition, tractor trailer loads of ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are on the ground in Texas.