|Diane Sargent of Lockport sent this picture|
of the flooding in Onieda during the first of
her two deployments to assist in the relief efforts.
"I saw people in different stages of exhaustion," Carmella Bartimole, a Disaster Mental Health volunteer from Olean, said of her first deployment. "Some had just finished cleaning up, and then were flooded out again. People told me they had lived there their whole life and never seen anything like this."
|Volunteers hand out water and clean-up items to area residents|
"I think it was a source of comfort for people to see the American Red Cross on the scene," added Bartimole, who says she is looking forward to deploying again. "It refurbished my faith in people, seeing the community come together like that."