Western NC emergency workers head to eastern NC

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Submitted: Mon, 04/18/2011 - 2:45pm
Updated: Mon, 04/18/2011 - 2:50pm

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Western North Carolina disaster workers are traveling to the eastern part of the state to provide help to counties hard hit by deadly storms.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Western North Carolina Region Red Cross Director Tony Reid left for Rocky Mount on Sunday to assess damages and help organize an emergency response.

Reid says he expects more emergency workers from the west to travel east in the next few days to help residents with repair and cleanup efforts.

A Red Cross team from Henderson County took food, water and cleaning supplies to people in Jacksonville.

Observers reported more than 60 tornadoes across North Carolina on Saturday. Twenty-one people have been confirmed killed in the central and eastern parts of the state.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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