Red Cross Volunteers Still Reaching Out to Residents
LAKE CITY - There still may be hope for families dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby.
It's been about a month since it hit North Central Florida and American Red Cross volunteers are driving around neighborhoods reaching out to those still in need.
"I'm just lucky that i got some help," said Brient Redd Gaddis.
Gaddis of Lake City said he's received food, gatorade and mosquito repellent from the American Red Cross, after he was left stranded in his home by the flood waters.
"Couldn't get out; stuck in the house for a couple of days, bad mosquitoes; just a lot of water," said Gaddis.
The water started receding just a few days ago.
Liz Lawrence with the American Red Cross said they are now able to help residents in Columbia and Suwannee County, who they couldn't reach before.
"Many of the houses that we saw earlier were under water, we weren't able to get to them, so we now understand the water is going down so were trying to get out onto that area," Lawrence said.
Lawrence told us they've had almost 50 volunteers come in from Jacksonville and Tallahassee to help over the weekend.
American Red Cross volunteers loaded trucks up with water, cleaning kits and masks to give to residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby.
Since Debby hit about a month ago, the Red Cross has given almost 4,000 clean up kits containing item like brooms, mops and buckets.
"Every disaster is local and how that one family is impacted is how that one family is impacted and we are here to help them alleviate those immediate needs," Lawrence said.
Resdients got the chance to speak to volunteers about what to expect when re-entering their damaged homes.
"The Red Cross has always been here and will always be here," said Lawrence.
If you would like to volunteer visit their website. Click on the "Find your local Red Cross" link and type in your ZIP code. Then e-mail or call your local Red Cross location.
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