Three Arkansas volunteers to aid in South Carolina flooding

Three Arkansas volunteers to aid in South Carolina flooding

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group from Arkansas is volunteering with the American Red Cross to help aid those who are dealing with historic flooding in South and North Carolina.

Arkansas's Red Cross will be sending James Kelley, Laurie Gent and Carroll Abbott will start their work in Florence, South Carolina. The town is located two hours north of Charleston.

"We are more than happy to provide support to our neighbors on the east coast," Regional Communications Director Brigette Williams said. "Arkansas is fortunate to have teams of well skilled and dedicated responders who stand ready to help others when needed."

One thing the volunteers are concerned about is making it to Florence. Many roads are either closed or impassable because of the flood waters.

"It's one of those hardships they're used to figuring out safely during disaster responses," Williams said. "They understand the difficulties of the assignment, such as the interruption of the water supply, loss of utilities, when they accept the mission."

Gent is a Red Cross nurse and mental health specialist.

This is her first national deployment, but Gent has provided care across Arkansas including floods in Pocahontas, the Vilonia tornado and in response to house fires.

Kelley is from Conway and recently returned from a deployment to the California wildfires.

He has taken part in previous national level responses including floods in Oklahoma, the Vilonia tornado and the 2013 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.

Abbott is from Fort Smith and also helped with the response to this summer's flooding in Oklahoma.

He also responded to 2015 spring tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas' ice storm.

Both men will work with logistics and asset protection. Their duties will include managing emergency shelter inspections and safety procedures.

If you want to donate to the Red Cross to help with the relief efforts, just text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

You can also visit redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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