Bay Area Red Cross volunteers head to Colorado to help with flood relief 

click to enlarge Kenny O'Gorman and Delfino Ortega help clean up a basement in Johnstown, Colo. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the area. - MANUEL VALDES/AP
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  • Kenny O'Gorman and Delfino Ortega help clean up a basement in Johnstown, Colo. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the area.

Bay Area volunteers are helping with disaster relief in flood-stricken Colorado, the Red Cross announced Tuesday.

The nine Bay Area volunteers will join more than 250 trained Red Cross disaster volunteers who were deployed to Colorado during the weekend to help provide food and shelter to thousands of residents affected by floods that have hit the area since Thursday, spokeswoman Jennifer Sturm said.

The Red Cross estimated that as many as 18,000 homes in Boulder, Colo., and neighboring counties have been affected by the floods, which have killed eight people and left hundreds unaccounted for.

Bay Area volunteers working through the Red Cross will help oversee shelter operations, public affairs, logistics, technology services and emotional support, Sturm said.

"We have a lot of well-skilled people who are volunteers," Sturm said.

To help support the Red Cross relief effort in Colorado, donations can be made online at redcross.org or by calling (800) RED-CROSS or (800) 733-2767.

An automatic $10 donation can be made by sending a text to 90999.

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