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Polk County residents affected by flooding seek help from Red Cross

Red Cross workers are serving meals, giving out cleaning supplies, and offering any other assistance they can to the Polk County flood victims from two locations. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Red Cross workers are serving meals, giving out cleaning supplies, and offering any other assistance they can to the Polk County flood victims from two locations.

Volunteers are posted at Harmon Field in Tryon and the Tryon Youth Center on Highway 176.

Just before noon, David Purinton and other Red Cross volunteers set up at Harmon Field. Purinton showed News 13 crews the personal cleanup kits, which included of mops, trash bags, brushes, bleach and other cleaners.

During lunch hour, several flood victims trickled onto Harmon Field to get extra help and a good meal.

“I have a lot of mud, rock,” one woman told volunteers.

Resident Danny Edwards said part of his yard was washed away in Friday’s flood.

“I lost about 12 feet of ground down by the river for about 100 yards. Lost a tree or two,” Edwards said.

Navy veteran James Gause, 83, is also dealing with a lengthy cleanup.

“I was right near where the mountain came down and the road is blocked, and the driveway is blocked with tree stumps and mud,” Gause recalled.

Both men said they are grateful for Red Cross assistance.

“It’s things I probably needed and didn’t have, so I really appreciate it,” Edwards said.

Meanwhile, at the Tryon Youth Center, Red Cross volunteers say they are trying to get the word out that they will be around for awhile.

“We are here and have come to help fix things up and help clean up your homes and get you back to normal ASAP," volunteer Bill Sweger said.

Sweger added that Red Cross volunteers will remain at both locations at least through Friday.

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