The Canadian Red Cross continues to work on the ground in Thunder Bay, ON, providing urgently-needed relief to families whose homes have been devastated by flooding that occurred more than a week ago. With more than 3,000 homes affected and more than 100 volunteers on scene, this is the largest Red Cross response in Ontario in more than a decade.

Consider that more than 3,000 homes are affected, and many have been flooded knee-deep with sewage water.  Add to that, more than 400 homes did not have insurance. The community is in tremendous need of support right now.

With 118 highly trained disaster volunteers working around the clock in Thunder Bay, it is the largest recent Red Cross response in Ontario. Volunteers who specialize in flood response have been deployed from across Canada to support the relief efforts. Already, volunteers have donated more than 7,000 hours of their time.

The Canadian Red Cross is appealing to the public to consider making a donation to its Thunder Bay Floods 2012 fund which will help ensure the Red Cross can reach as many of the most vulnerable families as possible.

Donations to support the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts can be made online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or visiting in-person their local Red Cross branch. Funds should be earmarked for Thunder Bay Flood 2012.