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Volunteers From Martinsville, Bloomington Help Irene Victims

Red Cross volunteers have traveled from Martinsville, Bloomington and Fort Wayne to help North Carolina victims of the weekend hurricane.

Satellite image of Hurricane Irene

Photo: The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Flickr)

A satellite image from The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites shows Hurricane Irene off the east coast of the United States.

Indiana Red Cross volunteers remain in North Carolina helping residents affected by Hurricane Irene.

Frank Kominowski of Martinsville said he was in the towns of Garner and Dunn, North Carolina on Thursday and Friday and helped set up a shelter in the town of Bailey as well. He said the conditions for workers were sub-par.

“There were no showers available, no hot food, no electricity but it‘s the best we could do,” Kominowski said.

Kominowski said the relief efforts are like others he has seen.

“Because we‘re always the first ones on the scene before anything is organized,” he said. “Everybody in all the shelters and everything that has to do with Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, everybody is scrambling to find out where there‘s power and where you can go.”

Kominowski says he has seen trucks from Fort Wayne and Bloomington, too. Twenty people have died as a result of the storm.

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