Local Red Cross Volunteers Rush to Texas

Lucy Bush
August 28, 2017

The Texas situation, with buildings down and water levels up around street signs, is the raison d'etre for the team of firefighters-paramedics, physicians, engineers, search canines and a swift water rescue personnel.

Members of the team were expected to land late Sunday night and get to work first thing Monday morning, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Felipe Lay.

"The Palmetto South Carolina Region has deployed 48 volunteers to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey".

Western Massachusetts Red Cross Executive Director Jen Garutti told 22News that veteran disaster volunteers Dan Amuso and Evelyn Sullivan from the Springfield area, are in Texas right now helping the stricken residents.

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Houston-area officials have already performed more than 1,000 water rescues and almost 1,000 more were in queue early Sunday as torrential rain from Harvey in the city and across southeast Texas.

Several search-and-rescue teams will be gathering in Texas over the next few days.

Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says one of the Green Bay volunteers is on scene and running a mega-shelter in Houston.

"I know that we have over 200 of these vehicles that are now in route going to Texas, not all of them coming from the Washington area", said Benjamin.

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As the water retreats, Red Cross vehicles will be in Houston and surrounding areas as quickly as possible.

Elsewhere in the storm's immediate aftermath, the Coast Guard had rescued 20 people from boats and barges in distress, said Capt. He expects to be in Texas for a few weeks.

Disaster relief kits with donation supplies and diapers will go to those affected in Texas.

They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery.

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"At this point we're using up enormous sums of money in order to provide all of the assistance that we do provide".

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