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Columbia-area groups helping flood victims

At least two Columbia-area service organizations are joining others from around the state and the Southeast sending people to help flooding victims in Atlanta.

Thursday, the Salvation Army's Columbia command sent a Mobile Disaster Response Canteen for a weeklong trip, along with manager Roy Carson and food service specialist Melvin Tucker. The kitchen on wheels can prepare and serve about 1,500 meals a day.

Also Thursday, the local chapter of the American Red Cross was asked to send a fourth volunteer to join three other Midlands residents who have been working in Georgia much of the week.

Dan and Marge O'Donnell are serving hot meals to disaster victims. The couple drove an Emergency Response Vehicle to Georgia to provide mobile feeding and bulk distribution of relief supplies. Additionally, Clyde Roberts is serving as a coordinator, one of 18 in the country trained to take a leadership role during a major disaster.

At least 10 deaths in Georgia and Alabama were blamed on the torrential downpours in the Southeast, which left many parts of the region in stagnant water.

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