WI Red Cross volunteer describes helping after Oklahoma tornadoes
Oklahoma (WAOW)-- -
After storms and deadly tornadoes swept across Oklahoma, people from across Wisconsin stepped up to help.
Newsline 9 talked with a Red Cross volunteer from Black River Falls who traveled there after the massive tornado touched down in Moore.
"My mouth just dropped," said Jane Ramey. "I've seen devastation, but this was unbelievable."
Ramey is a volunteer for the La Crosse chapter of the Red Cross. She's in Oklahoma providing assistance after devastating storms.
"They just are so thankful," said Ramey. "They just say, well we don't need any help, give it to somebody else that needs it more. We say no, this is what the Red Cross does, this is what the donations are for."
On May 20th, a powerful tornado ripped through Oklahoma. Directly in it's path, the community of Moore. At least 24 people died and dozens more were injured.
"Every house there was just a big pile of rubble," describes Ramey. "They had done some cleaning up already, so there was just piles of rubble. There was nothing."
Ramey says when she first heard about the tornado she knew she wanted to help, even though the destruction is more than 1,000 miles away from her home in Wisconsin.
And now, after several more deadly tornados hit the area, Ramey and other volunteers are still hard at work.
"There's still clients that we haven't reached yet because of the devastation," said Ramey. "The devastation is unbelievable. It's like a war zone."
Ramey plans on returning to Wisconsin June 15th.
She says the Red Cross is still in need of donations. You can send a text "red cross" to 9-0-9-9-9 to donate 10 dollars.