Red Cross Volunteers Continue Work in Louisiana

By Emily Wearing |

Published 08/29 2016 05:22PM

Updated 08/29 2016 06:47PM

Red Cross volunteers from the St. Joseph area continue to help families pick up the pieces after strong storms and flooding caused major damage across Louisiana. 

"We go down streets that have people that have gutted their houses and everything they have is on the street. All the windows are open, the fans are going, they dry wall been cut up," Red Cross Volunteer Peggy Gaines said.

Gaines has been down in the area, just east of Baton Rouge, for close to two weeks.

She says school has been put on hold for many of the students as they work to get the buildings aired out and the debris off the streets. 

"I've seen people living in tents in their front yard because they didn't want to leave their homes because there's been vandalism," Gaines said.
Volunteers in Louisiana are not only working on the clean-up efforts but also looking out for the well-being of the people.
"Having mental health teams follow us along too and they stop and talk to the people. I think that's always good for the people to talk," Gaines. "Just tell their story and have somebody listen to them more than us."
More storms have hit the area over the last few days but Gaines says the communities continue to stay strong and work together. 
"I'm think these people are resilient. I question myself what I'd be doing if I were in their shoes. People are slowly taking that step to recovery as it's not anything that's a fast fix," Gaines said.
Gaines is planning to be back in St. Joseph at the end of the week.

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