Local Red Cross volunteers headed to S.C.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Red Cross volunteers are being deployed to South Carolina to aid in relief from historic flooding there.

A vehicle and a home are swamped with floodwater from nearby Black Creek in Florence, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 as flooding continues throughout the state following several days of rain. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A vehicle and a home are swamped with floodwater from nearby Black Creek in Florence, S.C., Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 as flooding continues throughout the state following several days of rain. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Red Cross said the local volunteers will “provide shelter, care and comfort” to those impacted by floodwaters.

Among the disaster volunteers headed to South Carolina are a pair of local residents. John Judd of Fort Wayne will serve as a warehousing supervisor in Columbia, South Carolina. John and his wife are both regular disaster volunteers, the Red Cross said. Jeri Elliott of Fort Wayne, a Service to the Armed Forces Specialist with the American Red Cross at the Northeast Indiana Chapter, is also headed to the disaster area to serve as a casework supervisor.

Also headed to South Carolina for aid are:

  • Becky Shelton and Jerry Gorrell of Crawfordsville
  • Lauren Rollings of Terre Haute (Rollings also is an AmeriCorps member)
  • Steve Shotwell of Greencastle
  • Lottie Kenner of Evansville
  • Husband and wife team, David and Judy Brown of Indianapolis
  • Two additional volunteers, Destiny Vargas of Monticello and Heather Wesseln of Lafayette, have been assigned to the national American Red Cross call center and will serve remotely. Wesseln also is an AmeriCorps member)
  • Pat Richey of Clinton has been requested to serve as a casework manager for the California wildfires.

The aid will be welcomed in South Carolina, where rainfall has hit historic levels and nine have died and hundreds of people have been rescued from fast-moving floodwaters days-long. Driving rain hit a dangerous crescendo Sunday that buckled buildings and roads, closed a major East Coast interstate route and threatened the drinking water supply in Columbia.

The powerful rainstorm dumped more than a foot of rain overnight on Columbia, swamping hundreds of businesses and homes. Emergency workers waded into waist-deep water to help people trapped in cars, dozens of boats fanned out to rescue others in flooded neighborhoods and some were plucked from rooftops by helicopters. More door-to-door search operations are planned Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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