Come help in high water

SANDUSKY Several area Red Cross volunteers traveled to Findlay on Wednesday to help flood victims.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Several area Red Cross volunteers traveled to Findlay on Wednesday to help flood victims.

"It looks like since we don't have serious problems here, they're going to call on us to staff Findlay," said Ron Rude, executive director of the Firelands chapter.

Seven volunteers left yesterday and four more were expected to leave this morning.

Rude started calling the volunteers shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, and they were ready to leave by 2 p.m.

"Some of these people have had all of four hours to get ready," said Rude, who expects the volunteers to be gone for about two weeks.

"I'm just glad I did my laundry yesterday," said Hilda Sue Black, a volunteer from Wakeman.

"That's why we joined Red Cross ... for disasters, for emergencies. I think we're all ready to jump up and go," said Ann Bors, a volunteer from Vermilion.

Rude said the volunteers are going to Findlay, but could be sent anywhere from there.

"This disaster business is kind of hurry up and wait," Rude said. "All of these people are leaving with assignments, but that might get changed once they get there."

Bors said she's ready for anything.

"Let's just put it this way: I brought my passport," she said.

Most of the first batch of volunteers signed on with the Red Cross around the time of Hurricane Katrina and helped with that flood relief in New Orleans.

While some might think these volunteers are crazy for going into an area everyone else is evacuating, they are excited to help and use their training.

"I think there's a rush of adrenaline and anticipation of being able to help people. It's so much better than watching the news and wishing we could help," said Darlene Meadows, a volunteer from Huron.

"When we get there, we do what we need to do," Black said. "We may not know how to do it, but we learn."

As of Wednesday morning, the Blanchard River near Findlay was close to 7 feet above flood stage and expected to continue to rise, according to the National Weather Service.