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Local Hurricane Sandy help continues

Canyon resident Nick Rocha Canyon resident Nick Rocha

Amarillo, TX - As clean up continues in the days after Hurricane Sandy, a local red cross volunteer is still doing his part.

Canyon resident Nick Rocha has been in Port Chester, New York volunteering since before Super Storm Sandy made it's way to the East Coast. And he plans to be there a bit longer.

"We opened up in Port Chester where we met the hurricane head on," Rocha says.

Nick says it was nothing like he's experienced.

"When you're there at the shelter and you've got trees falling next to you, transformers coming down, and you see the trees blowing onto the houses right next to you, and in the rain and the wind. It's completely different from fire," Rocha says.

But things will be changing for Rocha. Today Red Cross volunteers are being rerouted to New York City where the need is greater. Volunteers from as far away as California are there assisting.

"Cold, wet, people are scared. It's a completely difference scenario and it's a little scary because I've never been in something like this," Rocha says.

He says the New York City shelters are much larger than where he was. They are still determining exactly what the need is in his new location.

Many New Yorker's homes have been ruined.

"Everything's floating. Everything's a disaster. Its gone," a New York home owner says.

Rocha tell us all the volunteers are going to be needed for awhile. He never imagined the magnitude of need to be this great.

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