Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross volunteering in flooded North Carolina

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression, and the rain is heading to the northeast of the Carolinas, but it dumped inches, even feet of rain in some places, causing record flooding and damage to numerous communities.

The Greater Cincinnati Dayton American Red Cross regional CEO said Monday, there are about 2,000 Red Cross volunteers from across the country right now in the affected areas, about 50 coming from the Cincinnati-Dayton region.

Byrd serves as the liaison to elected officials, so she makes sure everyone knows what is needed at shelters, while others in mass care are in the shelters, or providing food and supplies on mobile units.

On Monday, her group traveled from Durham to Goldsboro, and were re-routed multiple times because so many roads are impassable and she fears the worst could still be to come.

“There are still areas of North Carolina that are inaccessible,” said Byrd. “It’s expected that the rivers will crest on Wednesday, and that’s when we’ll see even more flooding and even more people needing to get to shelter, so we’re just making sure that we’ve got a place for people to go and that we’re supplied with cots, and food, and water.”

2NEWS is partnering with American Red Cross for a phone bank on Tues., Sept. 18 from 4- 6:30 p.m.

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