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Red Cross Volunteers Go Door-To-Door In Pamlico County

Posted September 26, 2003 5:33 a.m. EDT

— It is going to cost millions of dollars to clean up what Hurricane Isabel left behind.

Emergency officials spent the last week adding up all the destruction. At least 16,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. Many roads also need repair.

Many people lost everything in the storm. The Red Cross set up shelters to help. Volunteers are going door-to-door to make sure no one is left out.

Red Cross volunteers hit the streets in Pamlico County to find out who needs help. Delaine Hudson flew down from Michigan to offer her time, energy and relief efforts.

"I think we have walked quite a few miles," Hudson said.

Hudson's path took her to Jennifer Rochelle's front door. Rochelle lost everything in the hurricane -- food, furniture, all her clothes.

Rochelle has no insurance. Until Hudson came calling, she had no help.

Only a few people who live in Rochelle's neighborhood called the Red Cross for help. But when the volunteers arrived, the need for help was overwhelming.

The volunteers said they will stay as long as it takes to help everyone who needs it. There are more than 40 homes on one road in Hobucken that are now condemned.

The volunteers are bringing medical care, counseling and financial aid door-to-door.

Rochelle can start replacing the items Isabel stole.

"Without them," she said of the volunteers, "I don't know where I'd be, to be honest."

Said Hudson: "I think that is why we come to help them. You never know what is going to happen to you."