Red Cross volunteers from all over the country help with SC flooding efforts

Red Cross volunteers from all over the country help with SC flooding efforts

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country are deployed in South Carolina to help with flood efforts.

"When they find out we're from New York they're like 'you guys come all the way down here,' and I said yes, we're one Red Cross we go where we're needed," says Red Cross volunteer, Frank Roberts.

Roberts arrived in South Carolina on Monday to help with disaster relief.

"I've seen a lot of devastation and I've met a lot of nice people," says Roberts.

He's assisting families checking in at a Berkeley County Shelter at Timberland High School, but he's also been in various parts of South Carolina helping when he can.

"That National Guard has been a tremendous help with their military equipment getting us into areas where we couldn't drive anyway, where we could only get in with a two-and-a-half ton military truck," says Roberts.

On Saturday, Governor Nikki Haley warned people to stay off waterways because it's not safe. Over in Jamestown a Santee River boat landing has been flooded. Areas under the bridge that were dry are completely covered with water along with the parking lot to the landing.

"We came with a team of eleven to the region," says Roberts. "I don't even know where most of us are, but it really doesn't matter because we're here to do what we have to do.

The residents' concern is just how far the water will flow through the woods from the Santee River and if it will continue to reach people's homes.

"Here comes the rain, we really don't want to see the rain because it's really not going to help our cause," says Roberts.

Roberts says the Red Cross shelter at Timberland High School plans to close Sunday morning, but if people are still searching for a safe, dry place they'll keep the doors open.

"As long as they need us, and you're willing to stay, we'll be here," says Roberts.

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