Central Texas Red Cross volunteers head to Louisiana

Posted at 6:11 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 19:13:57-04

Volunteers with the American Red Cross in Central Texas are heading to Louisiana on Wednesday to lend a hand to the thousands of people affected by the devastating floods.

"You never know until you get there what you're going to be dealing with. Sometimes they're worse than other times. It all just depends on where they put you to work," Bill Madden, an American Red Cross Volunteer, said.

Madden has been volunteering for about 17 years. He said he's helped those affected by Hurricane Sandy and some other small disasters.

"I want to do anything I can to help them get back up on their feet and going back to a normal life and living again and getting situated again," Madden said.

Madden will head to Austin on Wednesday to meet up with another volunteer and pick up an Emergency Response Vehicle to take to Louisiana. Madden said he expects to be in Louisiana for at least two weeks.

"It kind of gets your adrenaline up to what am I going to be going into when I get down there? How bad is it going to be?"Madden said. "The feelings you get when you first arrive, it's pretty rough on you at first."

Volunteers from the American Red Cross Serving the Heart of Texas will provide food for flood victims. When water levels recede, they will provide cleaning supplies to help get the recovery process started.

The American Red Cross is currently accepting financial donations for flood victims. For more information on how to donate, you can click here.

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