Volunteer from Cool says her N.Y. town avoided Sandy's wrath
Tami Martin of Cool who helped set up a shelter in an upstate New York town for those displaced by Superstorm Sandy said she is waiting to see where she will be dispatched next.
Martin, along with five other volunteers from the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter, waited out the storm in an elementary school shelter in Middleburgh, N.Y., but the town avoided flooding and the shelter closed without anyone seeking refuge there Monday night.
Sandy, the hurricane turned fearsome superstorm, killed at least 39 people in the United States, many hit by fallen trees, and left more than 8.2 millions households without power in 17 states as far west as Michigan, including nearly 2 million in New York, the Associated Press reported.
With the Schoharie Creek running through it, the town avoided a repeat of the 6 to 9 feet of water that filled its streets from Hurricane Irene last year, getting wind and rain from Sandy but “no devastation,” Martin said.
“The howling wind I could hear most of the early part of the evening,” she said. “But we woke up to it looking pretty nice outside.”
She headed with fellow volunteers to the Red Cross’s Albany chapter for further instruction Tuesday, only to be sent back to get a good night sleep and re-energize before getting a new assignment this morning.
“We heard possibly New York City,” Martin said. “So I’m looking at the news and seeing all the snow in West Virginia, and I’m thinking I want to go to the snow.”
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