East Texas Red Cross team on way to assist in Alabama

Dale Slagle is a Red Cross volunteer.
Dale Slagle is a Red Cross volunteer.
Lynda Slagle is a Red Cross volunteer.
Lynda Slagle is a Red Cross volunteer.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Relief is on the way. The Deep East Texas branch of the American Red Cross has dispatched their emergency response vehicle to Alabama.

A Lufkin couple packed up and were on the road in two hours.

Glenna Harkness' team has been on the road for several hours.

"Highways are full of electric trucks going the same direction we are, all going towards the tornadoes," volunteer Lynda Slagle said. "Everywhere we stop, all the people are telling us how bad it is up there."

The Emergency Response Vehicle has been put on standby before, but this is actually the first time it's been dispatched out of state to a disaster.

This is also the Slagles first time on an out-of-state disaster mission.

"We stopped at one gas station and we could not get gas there," Lynda Slagle said. "They were out, so we had to go to the second gas station. There were several electric trucks in line behind us to get gas also."

The couples is now distributing supplies to the devastated areas.

"We were talking to a fire department crew last night and they were out all day yesterday and going out all day today in one area, just sifting through debris and going through houses trying to find victims," Dale Slagle said. "So they're still in the victim search mode."

"I can't fathom what they're going through," Harkness said. "That's complete destruction."

For two weeks, the Slagles will sleep in the mobile unit and shelters, sacrificing the comfort of their home for those who have lost everything.

For the rest of the week, the Slagles' say they will be delivering meals to the devastated areas.

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