TUCSON (KVOA) – Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, including some from here in southern Arizona, are on the ground in eastern Kentucky, trying to help flood victims rebuild their life.
“Some places are just devastated as you go down the valleys with the streams,” said Red Cross volunteer Terry Parrott.
Parrot has been on the ground in Pikeville, Ky., for a week. He is one of eight Tucson Red Cross volunteers. Parrot, a retired engineer, works on disaster assessment.
“I saw a school bus sitting at the bottom of a creek after it fell. So he picked up the school bus and carried it over there. People’s entire houses disappeared.”
More than 10 inches of rain fell in some areas in 48 hours.
Damage spans 13 counties in the state, 37 people have died and two are missing.
“Right now the focus is just getting people the resources they need and getting them back on their feet,” said Melody Birkett, Arizona and New Mexico communications director for the Red Cross. .
Volunteers run 16 Red Cross shelters that have housed over 500 flood victims
Parrot says he is impressed with the resilience and thoughtfulness of the people he has helped. “You know, neighbors support neighbors. It’s not just one or two, when you go to a neighborhood, they’re all like that.”
Red Cross volunteers usually commit to spending two weeks in disaster areas. The organization expects to be on the ground in Kentucky for at least two months.