Local volunteers a big part of northeast cleanup

Local volunteers a big part of northeast cleanup

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 6:41 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cleanup in the northeast continues and local Red Cross volunteers are playing a big part in the effort. 

NBC Charlotte caught up with one Lincoln County man on the phone to get his view of the devastation and recovery.  Joe Corvino and his family are in New York and they've been there for about two weeks. 

They arrived before Hurricane Sandy hit.  Corvino was in the process of setting up shelters when the giant storm came in.

"At times I thought the roof was going to come off, to be honest with you," he said of Sandy.  He describes the aftermath like a war zone.  "It was kind of surreal.  It was nothing I've ever experienced in my lifetime in 62 years."

The recent nor'easter adds insult to injury. 

Corvino says they've once again seen more people coming to the shelter without power, some stranded motorists.

"It's making some lines that the just got repaired break.  And then transformers are blowing up.  And then we're back to square one starting all over again," he said.  "Basically the consensus from everybody was...'Oh God, here it comes again.'  When is it going to end?"

Corvino and his family were planning to head home on Saturday, but the recent round of weather means they'll likely stay until the end of next week.  He had one last message before he hung up the phone in New York.

"God Bless and a big hey to North Carolina," he said.

He and his family join more than 60 other Red Cross volunteers from area in the northeast.
 

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