Red Cross volunteer returns from Hurricane Ida cleanup

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(ABC 6 News) – A Stewartville man helping those impacted by Hurricane Ida is back from volunteering with the Red Cross down south.

Ed Krusemark traveled to Alabama and Mississippi for ten days with Emergency Response vehicles going into neighborhoods and providing food and supplies to those who needed it.

For some, their roofs had been ripped off, or their homes were in four feet of water.

"I was in there every day handing out supplies, handing out food to all of those people, and they were good people, they were all really good and they were very thankful for all of the contributions that Red Cross does," Ed Krusemark, American Red Cross volunteer.

Krusemark has been volunteering with the Red Cross for four years.

This isn’t the first time he’s been sent down south to help with disaster relief. Back in 2019, Krusemark spent time in Florida to assist after Hurricane Dorian.

"There were so many people that said ‘yeah, thank you, but you know these people over here need it more than I do,’ and I would say to them ‘well, I got enough for both, so please take this.’ and they said ok. But they wanted to take care of their fellow people," Ed Krusemark, American Red Cross volunteer.

Over 100 people from our region which covers Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota were sent down to help.