Siouxland red cross volunteers head toward Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (KTIV) – Earlier this week, we told you about some Siouxland volunteers racing toward Hurricane Florence

Maurice Evans, of Sioux City and John Shirkey, of Oelwein, Iowa are with the American Red Cross.

On Tuesday, the two mobilized to help residents living in the path of Florence.

Initially, the two were making their way to Virginia. But today, they were rerouted to Columbia, South Carolina because weather watchers expect that area to take the worst beating.

Evans and Shirkey were scheduled to arrive today, but 25-mile-an-hour winds made travel treacherous.

Right now, they’re hunkered down in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We were advised to stay out of Columbia because of the wind being so strong that it might blow our truck over.”
said Evans. “I saw quite a bit of traffic going the other way, but as far as things are going, we didn’t really run into too many clouds until we got closer to Charlotte.”

Evans says they don’t yet know what sort of work they’ll be doing when they arrive in Columbia. But they’re prepared to help in any way they can.

They say they need to be flexible because Florence is dictating everything that’s going on.

Carl Norquist

Carl Norquist

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