WF crews head east to help with Florence aftermath

WF crews head east to help with Florence aftermath

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Crews out of Wichita Falls are preparing to help with the aftermath of what the National Weather Service is calling "The Storm of a Lifetime."

Forecasters watching Hurricane Florence warn it could cause terrible damage and loss of life over a huge area of the U.S.

A reason teams from across the nation are heading east, like Norm Burton and John Williams.

The North Texas men are American Red Cross volunteers.

Wednesday the pair drove up to Wichita Falls from the Metroplex to take the Wichita Falls American Red Cross emergency response vehicle to North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Burton has been volunteering for 15 years.

"I'm retired, and I've had a good life, and it's about time I start giving back," said Burton.

While Williams is a first timer, who said he is eager to help.

"To assist those in their time like now, when they could be in need and just suffering a little bit," said Williams. "Everybody may be touched in a different way, some may lose property others may just be dealing with it emotionally."

Right now they do not know their assignment but will do whatever is needed. From serving food to delivering food to shelters.

They will be there for about two weeks along with Service Master.

Beth Green said their strike team of eight will work to get hospitals, schools and business back up in running and in order.

While they loaded up their gear used to clean up flood water, Oncor is also preparing to send a crew to restore power where needed.

"You'll have polls down, wires down, trees down, it's just a catastrophe in a lot of cases," said Gordon Drake.

The company is sending a total of 200 employees.

Drake said some people could be without power for weeks and being able to give them a sense of normalcy after the storm is a great feeling.

Oncor crews could be out there for two weeks and if they are needed longer than that they will send another wave of workers out there.

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