Local Red Cross team helping flood victims

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) – The Petersburg Red Cross is stepping up to help out people displaced by the flooding in Nashville, Tennessee. Volunteers with the local chapter left Monday.

"Our days are long early morning and until in the late evening," said Red Cross volunteer Elizabeth Godburn.

For over 25 years Elizabeth Godburn has volunteered with the Red Cross. Her mission to help continues. This time she's headed to Tennessee to help people devastated by recent floods. On this tour of duty she'll be serving food. After seeing images of neighborhoods transformed into lakes she expects to see lots of damage.

"Some pretty heavy devastation, initially, and then people trying to get their lives back in order and that is where we come in because we help them get back to some feeling of normalcy," she said.

Two volunteers will be taking an emergency response vehicle to Nashville. It's about an 8 hour trip, but the real work begins when they get there. They will go to an assigned site and fill up red buckets full of food; enough for at least 1,000 meals a day - all in order to help those in need.

"When we get there it will be inspected and then go to the kitchen and loaded with the number of meals we need to feed the people who have been devastated by the flooding," said Godburn.

The pair of volunteers will stay in Nashville for about 10 days. This is not the first time they've responded to emergencies like this one, but each time, they say it feels really good to help.

"It gives me the greatest feeling to be able to give back," said volunteer Kim Boodham.

"I've been working with the Red Cross for over 25 years and it's a way of giving that if I am in need that somebody is going to help me out. If I don't help somebody, nobody is going to help me," Godburn said.

The volunteers say they will be in Nashville for 10 days but say their trip could be extended or shortened depending on the need.

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