BATON ROUGE, LA (WALB) - At least 7,000 people have been rescued as dangerous rising floodwaters threaten much of the Baton Rouge area.
Volunteers from South Georgia left their homes to aid those desperate for help.
Connie Fleetwood from Moultrie left for Baton Rouge Sunday and said she could have never imagined the damage and destruction she witness once she arrived.
Heavy rains, flooded streets, stranded cars and helpless victims. That's how Connie Fleetwood describes her first few moments in Baton Rouge.
"This is huge. This is like Sandy huge. It's so much bigger than I imagined when I left Moultrie. I had no idea," said Fleetwood.
Fleetwood and her husband Mark dedicate their lives to volunteering for the Red Cross.
When news broke about the conditions in Louisiana, they packed their bags.
"We are a team. If the Red Cross calls, we come. There's very little now that will keep us from coming," said Fleetwood.
Fleetwood said she volunteers to deliver food to shelters. But her time as a volunteer means so much more to these victims.
"People who have lost everything in the community, I have found, that if you just listen to them, they want somebody to talk to. Even if you can't do anything for them at that moment, they just need an ear," said Fleetwood.
Hanna Caroll left her home in Valdosta Monday, eager to help thousands after affected by these life-threatening flood waters.
She's a 78-year-old volunteer.
"But I will be 79 while I'm there," said Caroll.
And what better way to spend her special day, providing care for others.
"I may be serving breakfast, or helping somebody need a blanket, or a sheet," said Caroll.
And while these tasks may sound trivial, they mean the world to these victims.
"This is our passion. And this is what we're going to do as long as the Red Cross will let us," said Fleetwood.
To help those affected by these floods, visit redcross.org or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.