Red Cross: 'As long as they need us, we'll be here'

VIDEO: Red Cross assisting families in Berkeley County

JAMESTOWN, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country have been sent to South Carolina to help with flood efforts.

That includes workers like Frank Roberts arrived in South Carolina on Monday and has been assisting people affected by flooding in Berkeley County.

"Once they find out we're from NY 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,'" Roberts says. "I've seen a lot of devastation and I've met a lot of nice people."

Roberts assisted families checking in at a shelter set up 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," Roberts says.

Gov. Nikki Haley warned people Saturday morning to stay off waterways because it's not safe.

Over in Jamestown, a Santee River boat landing has been flooded. The parking lot, now completely covered by water, now looks as if it is part of the river.

"We came with a team of 11 to the region," Roberts says. "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."

Residents are concerned about just how far the water will flow through the woods and whether it will 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," he says.

Roberts says the Red Cross shelter at Timberland High School planned to close Sunday morning if it became vacant, but if people are still searching for a safe, dry place, it would stay open.

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

The Santee river was expected to reach its crest at around 2 a.m. Sunday, and is expected to begin receding.

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