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Couple describes experience in southern LA flood relief

Connie and Mark Fleetwood in Baton Rouge (Source: Facebook) Connie and Mark Fleetwood in Baton Rouge (Source: Facebook)
The Fleetwoods are back home for a wedding, but plan to return if needed (Source: WALB) The Fleetwoods are back home for a wedding, but plan to return if needed (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

The historic flood of southern Louisiana in mid-August damaged more than 100 thousand homes. One month and 13 lost lives later, Red Cross volunteers such as Mark and Connie Fleetwood are still working towards relief.

The Moultrie couple arrived with the Red Cross's 2nd emergency response vehicle. Over four weeks, they got close with the victims.

"I know the man at the end of the road that wants the extra cookie," recalled Connie. "I know where the little children are that want some extra snacks."

This isn't the first disaster for the Fleetwoods. They've responded to more than 10 major disasters, but they say this one is much different.

"It's probably going to exceed the Hurricane Sandy," said Mark. "Maybe even get close to Hurricane Katrina in size."

The couple delivered more than 12 thousand meals.  The Red Cross has handed out more than a million in the flood zone.  The Fleetwoods met many different characters, including the dancing lady—a victim who kept everyone's spirits high.

"I wanted her to represent the heart and the strength of the Louisiana women that I saw there. And had lost everything.," said Connie.

"The most touching experience I can recall was a grown up, 50 year old man crying because he was hungry and he didn't have a place to stay," Mark remembered..

The couple returned home for a family wedding but are ready to return to Louisiana if they're called to help again.

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