Santa Fe woman describes horror of Hurricane Florence
September 19, 2018 10:31 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Santa Fe woman is busy volunteering in the areas impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Georgia Cleverley, a registered nurse, has been dispatched for eight days in Red Cross shelters in the Carolinas.
"I'm in Myrtle Beach right now," Cleverley said. "What we are preparing for is opening more shelters. Between Thursday and Saturday, there is an expectation that an enormous amount of flood water will be coming down this way from North Carolina."
Even though the rain has backed off, flooded coastal areas of North Carolina are feeding watersheds shared with South Carolina, meaning floodwaters are headed to many beach communities.
That threat looms as entire towns are still flooded.
"We've had people who are flooded out of their homes, lost their medications, lost their glasses, people on oxygen," she said. "Yesterday, it took us two hours to get to a Walmart and fill prescriptions for the clients."
More than a thousand roads remain closed across the state, isolating communities.
"The military, and the State Guard and the National Guard are blocking the roads. They do that so they can shore up the roads, sandbag the riverbanks and sandbag the lakes."
Cleverley will remain working in the Carolinas for another week, providing aid to those who seek refuge from the water.
Updated: September 19, 2018 10:31 PM
Created: September 19, 2018 06:02 PM
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