May 9, 2011 -- Thousands of people from Arkansas to Tennessee are fleeing their homes ahead of recording-breaking flooding. Here's what you can do to help.
The Mississippi River's record crest was 48.7 feet in 1937 and the Army Corp of Engineers expects the river to rise to 48 feet by early Tuesday morning.
More than 1,300 homes are under an evacuation order and another 240 have been warned that they might need to leave. Nearly 400 people are staying in shelters. The damage has been extensive in places like Memphis where entire neighborhoods have been swallowed by the water and vehicles completely submerged.
Find out below how to help and donate to the flood relief effort.
Donate to the Flood Relief Effort
To make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page.
You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
To donate to the United Way, visit its online donation page.
You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.
To make a donation to Hope Presbyterian Church, visit its online donation section located at the bottom of this page.
All donated items must be new and in original packaging. At the request of the shelters, please only bring items from the list below:
Towels and washcloths BIG NEED FOR WASHCLOTHS
Batteries - sizes: C,D, AA, AAA BIG NEED
Ear Plugs BIG NEED
Socks for kids and adults BIG NEED
Flip Flops (for the showers) BIG NEED
Shaving cream/gel BIG NEED
Wal-Mart or Target gift cards BIG NEED
Deodorant Men's/Women's BIG NEED
Shampoo/conditioner (unopened hotel bottles work great)BIG NEED
Combs (Wide & Regular Tooth)
Pony tail holders/Hair clips
Toothbrushes (individually packaged)
Training/Toddler Toothpaste BIG NEED
Children's toothbrushes BIG NEED
Hair Gel BIG BIG NEED
General first-aid (band-aids, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, TUMS, rubbing alcohol) BIG NEED FOR RUBBING ALCOHOL & PEROXIDE
Lip Balm BIG NEED
Diapers & Pull-Ups (all sizes) 0-3, 6, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t
Baby/Child Medicine BIG NEED
Teething Medicine BIG NEED
Diaper Rash Cream BIG NEED
Travel size baby lotion & wash BIG NEED
Baby Oil BIG NEED
Baby bottle brushes
Baby formula (No generics please: Carnation or Gerber "Good Start Gentle Plus")
Vaseline (generic welcome) BIG NEED
Depends (NOT Adult Diapers) BIG NEED