BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)– The American Red Cross Baton Rouge departed out of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Saturday morning.
Catastrophic flash floods destroyed parts of eastern Kentucky, even reaching Virginia. It’s been recorded as one of the most significant floods since the 1950’s.
Members of the American Cross Baton Rouge said that the lives of the people in Kentucky have turned upside down.
Kentucky areas like Hazard, Jackson, Garrett, Salyersville, Booneville, Whitesburg, and Perry County have seen waters as high as 10 feet.
One member of the American Red Cross says after hearing the news yesterday evening, the non-profit set to leave the next morning.
The volunteers left the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, taking a Delta Airline, at 10:22 a.m. Saturday. They have a connecting flight to Atlanta, then will arrive at the Lexington Blue Grass Airport at 2:52 p.m.
Coral Lee, a member, said after retiring she wanted to give back to people and felt the American Red Cross was a good fit. She’s been with the non-profit for many years and has visited around the country.
She says in situations like the Eastern Kentucky Flood you go with the flow.
“We’re very flexible. That’s the main thing you got to be flexible,” said Lee.
The four volunteers, Coral Lee, Carolyn Adams, Marc Adams, and Brian Cox will be on their mission trip for two weeks.
Carolyn Adams, a longtime volunteer in the CapWest chapter, has traveled around the world to help people in need after natural disasters.
“We will be aiding in sheltering. Helping take care of people, feeding them, giving them comfort and shelter,” said Adams.
Reports say that more than 17,000 Kentucky residents are out of power and 25 fatalities have been recorded.
When the 2016 floods hit Baton Rouge, the American Red Cross of Kentucky and neighboring states came to help Louisiana.
Carol Lee, a resident of Zachary, remembers the floods like it was yesterday. She remembers helping friends and families recover and being a part of the American Red Cross.
“They are my neighbors. They wave and I wave back at them in the grocery store,” said Lee. “It’s important to help our community.”
Marc Adams, who works with media relations for the non-profit, says that “I think it important for us to give back and go to other areas.”
“Especially when we have a hurricane or a storm here, we always get the assistance,” said Adams.
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