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Members of Lexington's Red Cross Chapter travel to Louisiana to help flood victims

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Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 7:34 AM EDT
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Members of the Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will travel to Louisiana to help flood victims. The group left on Tuesday morning.

"We can do our little part to give them some peace, give them some food and let them know that somebody is watching after them and that somebody cares for them," said Doyle Rambo, a volunteer with the Red Cross.

Rambo and another Red Cross volunteer are hitting the road for the 800 mile journey. The plan is to arrive in Baton Rouge Tuesday where they will begin feeding the victims of the historic flooding for the next two weeks.

Roughly 15 hundred Red Cross volunteers are already on scene helping the flood victims get back on their feet.

"There are all types of roles you can do with the Red Cross," said Steve Powell, Disaster Program Manager. "These guys are ready to go on a disaster relief. It's in their heart, that's what they want to do."

The death toll has now risen to eight as southern portions of the state continue to deal with severe flooding.

Authorities have confirmed that a man whose body was found in front of a library in Baton Rouge, accidentally drowned. A volunteer patrolling his boat found the body on Monday.

More than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes in Baton Rouge and 11,000 are staying in shelters.

"Once the water goes down you're still going to see major rebuilding projects," Powell said. "I'm sure efforts will be going on through the fall."

Forecasters say new flood dangers are possible as more rain is expected to hit the area throughout the week.

The Red Cross says there are several ways to help flood victims.

People can donate by

, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

You can also sign up to be a volunteer by stopping at any Red Cross location or