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Findlay volunteer heading to Colorado for flood relief

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A local Red Cross disaster expert is packing his bags for an important job in the Colorado flood zone.

Devastating rainfall has washed out more than 200 miles of state highways and 2,000 homes, and has claimed at least eight lives. Todd James, executive director of the Hancock and Seneca County Red Cross, got the call Tuesday that he's needed, so he'll fly to Colorado for a 10-12 day mission.

"Our role is to get the word out to the people that are affected by the floods as to what services are available to them, where they can get help," James said. "To let the community know what we're doing and how they can get involved."

James will let flood victims know how to get hot meals or cleaning supplies. And he knows what he's doing. He spent 10 days in Moore, OK after the May 20 tornado, helped victims of Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey, and went to Joplin, MO after the 2011 tornado.

James is used to helping people in Findlay recover from flooding, but he says Colorado is much different.

"We look back to August 2007, which was a 100-year flood," he said. "The event they've had in Colorado is a thousand-year event for them. In just three days, they had over a half-year's worth of rain."

James hopes to bring home what he learns in Colorado, but hopes he never has to use it here.

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