Red Cross trains volunteers from Nashville headed for Louisiana

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of Nashville volunteers will head to Louisiana this weekend to help those devastated by the flood.

Wednesday night, volunteers received training from the Red Cross on how to help victims get food, shelter and be a shoulder to lean on.

“People have said they have to tell their story three times before they can put it behind them and start moving forward,” said Jean Lyon, who trained the volunteers.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Lyon herself was unable to get to her home during the 2010 Nashville floods due to high waters that made roads impassable, so she knows how those affected feel in Louisiana.

“I had been out of town and when we drove into Nashville we couldn’t get home,” she said. “We went directly to a Red Cross office and got assigned to work at a shelter.”

She volunteers and now trains other volunteers like David Chandler. He’s going to be deployed to Louisiana this weekend.

“What happened down in Louisiana is everyone’s problem now,” Chandler told News 2. “I’m getting a lot of training real quick and I’m looking forward to helping anyway I can.”

There are already 65 volunteers from Tennessee in Louisiana. This weekend that number will grow by up to 35 people.

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