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TO VOLUNTEER: Here's how you can help

Those who want to help can volunteer with the American Red Cross by calling the local chapter at (478) 743-8671 during normal business hours.

Volunteers can also go in person to sign up at the Macon Coliseum. The Red Cross is already delivering meals, water and snacks to people in stricken areas, but was running low on water Tuesday evening, spokesman Dan Kurtz said.

Area churches have organized and are cooking meals and providing for other needs. The Salvation Army has been providing food as well, much of it donated by area businesses.

The Southern Baptists and the Woodsmen of the World plan to churn out thousands of meals each day for people in need. The Red Cross will deliver the meals to neighborhoods and it had three delivery/emergency response vehicles working Tuesday. Kurtz said he expects to see eight vehicles in action sometime today.

You can donate to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org or by calling 800-GIVE-NOW.

There doesn't appear to be an organized network for those willing to help cut felled trees, but the hardest hit areas are across much of south Macon. They include neighborhoods in the Bloomfield area, neighborhoods near the intersection of Rocky Creek Road and Pio Nono Avenue and neighborhoods on either side of Houston Avenue.

West Bibb County, particularly near Lizella and Lake Tobesofkee, also was hit hard.

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