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Red Cross Volunteer: Recovery Process 'Far From Over' In Texas

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People from all over the country are in Houston to help the city recover from catastrophic flooding brought by Hurricane Harvey, including one woman from Wichita who brings a unique empathy to her role.

Rosalind Scott and her husband have been volunteers with the Kansas Red Cross for all of two weeks. They’ve been working the 12-hour night shift at a community center in west Houston for about five days, helping to feed and provide shelter to residents displaced by the storm.

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Rosalind and her husband signed up to be Red Cross volunteers two weeks ago.

Rosalind says the area is drying up, and some shops are starting to re-open. But she says there’s a lot of work to be done.

“It’s far from over because everybody’s life was uprooted and it takes a long time to recover from it, and it’s gonna be a long, long process," she says.

And she would know—Rosalind lived through the flood that hit Kansas City in 1993.

"I know what it's like to be in the situation of the people whose house got flooded," she says. "We rebuilt, and they’re rebuilding. And, you know, you become a stronger person from it.”

Rosalind says she and her husband are already planning to return to Texas to continue helping after their first Red Cross deployment ends.

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