Kentuckiana volunteers sent northeast ahead of superstorm

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) – Half dozen volunteers from the Louisville Red Cross area is headed to parts of the Northeast where hurricane Sandy is expected to hit.

They will be divided between New York and others split to cities where they are needed the most.

Volunteers will hand out food and assist people in finding shelters during the storm. Once Sandy makes landfall, they’ll assess the damage. High waters are the major concern.

Ralph Gilpin, Louisville Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, packed for his destination of West Virginia Sunday morning.

“Flooding is going to be the main thing in the West Virginia area where I’m going. And they want us down there early so we can be prepared to take off as soon as it hits,” Gilpin said.

Louisville Gas and Electric already sent hundreds of line technicians and tree crews bracing for outages all along the eastern seaboard.

The Red Cross has more volunteers on standby in addition to Duke Energy having crews prepared to go if needed.
 

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