Clean up is underway after Hurricane Irene slammed the east coast over the weekend. The powerful storm downed power poles and downed transmission wires from North Carolina to Maine. Thousands of people are still in need of basic services as millions are still without electrical service.
Danelle Schlegelmilch is with the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and she was deployed to Washington DC last week to help prepare for the hurricane. She says emergency shelters have been extremely busy. Saturday night 2,500 people stayed in 500 shelters. Sunday night, 8,500 people stayed in 325 shelters.
Schlegelmilch says she heard one statistic there are close to 50 to 60-million people, or about 15 to 18-percent of our population live in that area. She says when that many people are impacted; they have no choice but to seek help at shelters because friends and family are all in the same boat.
Schlegelmilch says she was deployed last week to get ready for Hurricane Irene but ended up in an earthquake as well. She says it has been one heck of a summer for disasters. She alone worked three tornados, a flood, a hurricane and an earthquake.
Many people remain stranded at airports with over 15-hundred fights cancelled today alone. It could be weeks before electricity is restored in some areas. Flooding is now a big problem in Vermont. Schlegelmilch expects their shelters will be open for a while as the area continues to recover. There are about a dozen Red Cross volunteers from Nebraska helping victims of Hurricane Irene.