LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) — Unprecedented flooding in Louisiana has left 8 people dead and thousands scrambling for safety. But the damage isn’t done yet.
One local man told KOIN 6 News he booked a one-way ticket to Baton Rouge, where he will embark on a mission to save lives and help locals work through the disaster.
“Floods are tough,” Scott Fine said. “It’s hard to grasp.”
The retired firefighter has only been volunteering with the American Red Cross for 2 months, but he’s already set to travel 2,400 miles to help people he’s never met.
“Isn’t that what we do in America?” he asked. “We go in and we help our fellow Americans. We don’t divide, we go in and we help.”
The historic floods have taken lives, destroyed homes and entire neighborhoods, and forced tens of thousand of people into shelters. Governor John Edwards declared a state of emergency, but as the water recedes, the death toll continues to climb.
No one knows how long it will take for communities across Louisiana to recover from the devastating floods, and that’s why Fine said he booked a one-way flight.
“You go in and you think ‘OK, it’s a flood, a little water, not a problem,’ but when you realize this family doesn’t have anything, their clothes are gone, their medication is gone, their food is gone,” Fine said. “They’ve got nothing.”
He’s just a volunteer, but he says his sacrifice is much more valuable than a paycheck.
“I want to help out,” Fine said. “If that’s just one person or many, I made a difference.”
To donate to the Red Cross’ flood relief efforts you can text LAFLOODS to 90999.