Local Helpers Reach Out to Gulf Coast

Helpers from the Valley continue to descend on the Gulf Coast to give aid in Hurricane Gustav's aftermath.

Debbie Mintiens works with the American Red Cross in the chapter based in Staunton. She has been in Longview, Texas since the weekend.

The area is giving shelter to hundreds of evacuees from Louisiana, with most of those evacuees of them arriving just hours before the storm hit.

Longview has seen its share of rain as well. With the remnants of former Hurricane Hanna possibly reaching the Valley this weekend, Mintiens offered some warnings about rising water.

"People don't realize the intensity of the danger," says Mintiens. "(They don't know) how violent water can be, how dangerous water can be. Water never seems quite as deep as it really is."

Mintiens also said, even though the Red Cross has diverted some resources to the Gulf Coast, they will be ready with supplies in the Valley if they are needed this weekend.


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