Taylor Swift donating $1 million to Louisiana

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NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief after torrential rains caused massive flooding in the state and killed at least 11 people.

Swift told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her “1989 World Tour” in the state last year.

“We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking,” the 26-year-old said in a statement.

The flooding is some of the worst in Louisiana history, damaging at least 40,000 homes. More than 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after widespread flooding hit the state, according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office.

“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” Swift said.

Over 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday, with more being brought to safety by the hour.

A member of the St. George Fire Department assists residents as they wade through floodwaters from heavy rains in the Chateau Wein Apartments in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Heavy downpours pounded parts of the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday, forcing the rescue of dozens of people stranded in homes by waist-high water. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A member of the St. George Fire Department assists residents as they wade through floodwaters from heavy rains in the Chateau Wein Apartments in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Red Cross of Tennessee has sent 20 volunteers to Louisiana to help with relief efforts.

News 2 spoke with Scott Toncray, a volunteer now stationed in Baton Rouge, to explain how to help survivors in Louisiana.

One way to donate $10 to the effort is to text “LAFLOODS” to 90999.

Toncray also said those who want to help can call 1-800-733-2767.

If you’re unable to travel, Lincoln College in Nashville is collecting items, including bottled water, toiletries and blankets for the victims.

Donations can be dropped off at the campus, located at 1524 Gallatin Ave. by Monday Aug. 22.

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