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      Local Red Cross volunteers deploy to Northeast flood zone

      Gary Gardner shows his identification before boarding a flight on Tuesday. (Richey Boyd/WCIV)

      Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- Another local Red Cross volunteer is heading into the aftermath of the storm.{}

      Gary Gardner boarded a U.S. Airways plane bound for flood ravaged New Jersey. Gardner is one of 11 Lowcountry volunteers currently deployed to the rain-soaked Northeast.

      The one-two punch of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have caused rivers from Pennsylvania to Vermont to overflow their banks -- flooding streets and damaging homes.

      Gardner will spend three weeks running a shelter for those displaced near Newark, New Jersey.

      "We've had people on the ground up there since Hurricane Irene," he said.{} "They need a well-deserved break to get home and decompress.{} It's giving back to my community and it is very much an honor to help out when needed."

      Hundreds of trained Red Cross workers and dozens of response vehicles are fanning out in affected communities to serve meals and distribute relief supplies.

      The Red Cross is sheltering, feeding and providing emotional support in more than seven states due to flooding and wildfires.

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