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Valley Red Cross Volunteers Return from Devastated Areas

3 years 3 months 6 days ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 November 22, 2017 9:07 PM November 22, 2017 in News

WESLACO – Two Rio Grande Valley Red Cross volunteers are finally back home after spending nearly two months in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

From Houston to Corpus Christi, Betty Lou Hicks and her husband Fred say they've had a busy couple of months helping put back the pieces Hurricane Harvey took away.

"Still a lot of devastation, I mean it will take them years before they're back," said Betty Lou Hicks.

The first area they helped was Houston back while it was battling flood waters.

"When we went to leave our red cross headquarters which was right next door to a hotel where we were supposed to be staying, in order to get to the hotel we walked through a foot of water, because even the high way that ran right in front of this building and our hotel had become flooded and you couldn't drive a car," said Hicks.

For 15 days they managed shelters there.

After that, they headed to Corpus Christi where they helped out nearby areas for 44 days.

"When we go out with the Red Cross, we sometimes actually take our RVs and live in them," said Hicks.

What were once familiar places, are now completely in ruins.

"We would travel especially through Rockport. We really enjoyed going there and camping, and it was like no, you're not going to do that right now," said Hicks.

While Hicks says these areas have improved these past couple weeks, there's much more left to be done.

Right now, Hicks and her husband plan to stay in the Valley to regroup and rest.

While here, they plan to donate their time to the Red Cross chapter here.

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