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Local Red Cross volunteer assisting in Louisiana

Amarillo Red Cross Volunteer, Nick Rocha Amarillo Red Cross Volunteer, Nick Rocha
Rocha drove in an emergency Red Cross van for 800 miles to assist in rescue efforts in Louisiana Rocha drove in an emergency Red Cross van for 800 miles to assist in rescue efforts in Louisiana
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

Massive flooding in parts of Louisiana are showing no signs of letting up. Hundreds of people are offering a helping hand in this situation and one of them is from right here in Amarillo.

It didn't take long for Nick Rocha to step up. He dropped everything he was doing and drove almost 800 miles to Baton Rouge.   

Rocha has seen devastation before, he's dealt with fires and tornado damage, but the deadly flooding unfolding in Louisiana is something he's never seen. 

"All you see on the road is nothing by furniture and what ever would be inside a home," said Rocha. "You feel the devastation of the homes they lost and I ask myself, 'What can you do? You can only do so much." 

But he is doing something. He is the only Red Cross volunteer from the Panhandle assisting. Rocha plans on staying in Baton Rouge for 21 days and in the three days he's already been there, he's moved dozens of displaced residents to safe locations and given out food and water to thousands of people. 

A typical day for him lasts anywhere from 12-16 hours. While he feels like they're doing all they can to help these flood victims, weather conditions are constantly causing frustrations. 

"It's been raining off and on in the evening," said Rocha. "So, the roads that were opened up are now blocked." 

But he is not giving up hope. 

"You can feel it. You can feel when you're helping them out. You can feel the relief they're getting because Red Cross is here,"said Rocha. "I never felt that kind of feeling anywhere else except with the Red Cross logo on my back."  

It's that feeling that keeps him volunteering year after year with the Red Cross. No matter how emotional a scene may be, Rocha never hesitates to offer a helping hand. 

"I enjoy helping people because I know how they feel," said Rocha. "I know what they're going through and all you need to do is make them smile." 

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