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Local man helping with Hurricane Sandy efforts

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Hurricane Sandy is already making it's way onto land, and a local man is doing his part to help.

The American Red Cross has already shipped blood supplies to hospitals up and down the East Coast and has dispatched 1,200 emergency responders. Saturday afternoon, a Canyon man was one of them.

Nick Rocha is in Port Chester, New York volunteering at an evacuation shelter, where he says people are already coming in. The Red Cross reports there are already more than 3,000 people in shelters from the hurricane.

We spoke with Rocha earlier Monday who told us they are already seeing affects close to his location.

"Not even a quarter of a mile, you've got some bridges that went out there. The bridges were already coming up to water to where they're about to cross over. So they locked down all the bridges and not even that far from here. So, we're pretty close to where the water is coming up," Rocha says.

Rocha tells us he is nervous for the hurricane to hit, but ready to help people, which is what he loves doing.

The panhandle chapter of The Red Cross says they are waiting until after the storm to determine if more local volunteers are needed.