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Nine years ago, our Region experienced its own version of epic flooding.

Heavy rains of 2008 left several feet of standing water in many homes, left many roads impassable and required one of the biggest cleanup and rebuilding efforts Northwest Indiana has ever experienced.

With less than a decade of time lapsed, memories of the Region flooding remain fresh in many of our minds.

We can and should use those recollections as inspiration to help the victims of flooding in Texas who face tragedy on an accelerated scale.

Each day, new photos of families being rescued from rooftops, drivers seeking aid from atop their water-consumed vehicles and destroyed homes fill our smartphones and newspapers.

Entire communities are isolated by floodwaters, and the need for temporary shelter, provisions and other emergency needs grow by the minute.

Many of us aren't in position to drop our local lives and physically travel to Texas to help.

But those who can spare even small amounts of money or other donations should consider doing so.

The Northwest Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross is encouraging people to call 888-684-1441 to find out ways to volunteer to help storm victims.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide disaster relief, and monetary gifts can be designated for Hurricane Harvey relief. Such donations can be made online at or by calling 800-733-2767.

The Salvation Army also is accepting donations for disaster relief online at or by phone at 800-SAL-ARMY.

There are many ways to help. Let's use our own past experiences as motivation to help our fellow Americans of the flood-ravaged region.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Local News Editor Marc Chase, Lake County Editor Crista Zivanovic, Porter/LaPorte County Editor Doug Ross and Deputy Local Editor Erin Orr.