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South Carolina American Red Cross volunteers deploy to California

11 disaster-trained volunteers from South Carolina’s American Red Cross are deploying to California to assist those in need from disasters.

Two are from Myrtle Beach, one from Conway, one from Hartsville, and one from Pawleys Island.

Red Cross disaster teams have emergency shelters open in California, Arizona, and Nevada after Tropical Storm Hilary’s heavy rain caused flooding, power outages, and numerous rockslides. Residents were evacuated from areas like Catalina Island and towns in San Bernadino County in California. Debris from rockslides is blocking some roads, several schools are closed in the affected areas, almost 60,000 people are without power and more than 1,000 flights were canceled due to the storm.

ABC 15 spoke with one Myrtle Beach local about her role in assisting in the relief efforts.

“And what we do is, right now we have a sheltering, so any clients that come in, that needs to be taken care of. We provide food and emotional support, anything that they need as far as just to talk to someone, space to sleep, to be warm or cold, whatever the client needs,” said Red Cross volunteer Patricia Abbruzzese.

Source : WPDE