This Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, photo shows floodwater from the Ohio River flowing into downtown Cincinnati. The National Weather Service says the Ohio River crested Sunday and was still well above flood stage Monday. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP) AP
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Ohio flooding prompts plea for donations to American Red Cross

The American Red Cross response to recent flooding in southern Ohio, heaped on the summer’s massive response to unprecedented hurricanes has dealt a major financial challenge as the humanitarian agency serves people in need.

The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton region of the American Red Cross issued a plea today for donations.

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The organization stepped up to help residents affected by flooding in communities along the Ohio River from Aurora to Portsmouth. Since the flooding began, the Red Cross has opened shelters, provided meals, offered health and mental health services and has been distributing clean-up kits. All assistance is free to those affected and is made possible through donations from the public and corporations, the agency stated in a release.

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Of every $1 donated to the Red Cross for disaster relief, 91 cents on average goes to humanitarian services and support programs, the release stated.

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