Red Cross workers unload food for flooding victims. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Stacks of food unloaded for flooding victims. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(WMC) - Flooding victims in the Wheel Estate Trailer Park received some much needed help from the Red Cross on Thursday.
They gave resident at the Whitehaven complex food, cleaning products and much needed support to people who are going through a terrible experience.
Reyna Rojas has been cleaning up floodwaters that damaged her trailer and filled up her truck. It hasn't worked since the flood.
"The water rose up four meters," Rojas said in Spanish.
Through an interpreter, she said her family has had to stay at the Red Cross Shelter for several days. Rojas is back in her home now and food is still a problem.
On Thursday, Red Cross workers reached out to Rojas and other Wheel Estate flood victims with a caravan of food deliveries. The food bank also pitched in, donating boxes of meals like those from the agency's backpack program.
"People had lost their trailer and they were flooded with everything. We wanted to do everything we can to make sure they had nutritious food," said John Livingston with the Mid-South Food Bank.
The food bank donated 150 boxes and there were six meals in each box. The food bank also donated Windex and other products to help residents clean up the muddy mess flooding left behind.
While these residents are still a long way from normal, Red Cross workers say flood victims remain hopeful as they struggle to pick up the pieces.
"Their spirit has been absolutely amazing to me and my co-workers. I feel certain they will bounce back but it's difficult," said Red Cross Volunteer Robert Wallace.
Red Cross says it provided shelter for around 160 people. The shelter is set up at the Hickory Hill Community Center. Twenty-eight people are still housed at that shelter. The others have returned home or are now staying with friends and family.
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