Number Of TN Volunteers Deployed To Baton Rouge Reaches 49

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 20:01:54-04

As the floods get worse, every day more volunteers from Tennessee have gone to Louisiana to help.

Monday afternoon, the number of volunteers from the Volunteer State reached 49, but the Red Cross in Nashville said more are needed.

They also deployed several emergency response vehicles, like the large box truck Disaster Program Manager David Kitchen showed NewsChannel 5 Monday morning.

"Our clients can come up to the window and we can actually have an assembly line where we're preparing trays of food for them," he demonstrated.

With more than 20,000 recorded water rescues and 10,000 people living in shelters, even volunteers with stories from past floods said it's the worst they've seen.

"You know what we saw (in past floods) which we thought was terrible, which we told all our friends about the story, it's at least a thousand times that," said volunteer Scott Toncray.

They called the need unprecedented.

"I think when this is all over with it really may be beyond an accurate comparison," Kitchen said.

Nashville volunteers on the ground said Louisiana has had to adapt.

"A lot of these people are in these ATVs," Toncray said while two people passed by on 4-wheelers, "that's how they're getting around because most of the roads that are around me are impassable."

At least half the volunteers lived through the Nashville flood. After teams nationwide helped here, they said the volunteering came full circle.

"It really doesn't matter if it's Louisiana or if it's Tennessee. You have people that are hurting you have people that are suffering," Kitchen said.

For the first time, they have expedited the process to become a volunteer because they need so many to help. If you're interested in deploying, you can attend a class on Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. at Red Cross Headquarters at 2201 Charlotte Ave. They ask you RSVP at 615-250-4300.

If you want to help but can't deploy, visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.