Red Cross lends a hand with storm cleanup

BABYLON - American Red Cross volunteers hit the streets in an emergency response vehicle today, handing out cleaning kits to Long Islanders who are still picking up the pieces after Tropical Storm Irene.

Volunteers spent the day canvassing low-lying neighborhoods such as Copaigue and Amityville that had severe flooding during the storm surge.

Heather Flynn, of Amity Harbor, says she'll use the cleaning kit to help her mother-in-law, whose home sustained heavy saltwater damage and now has mold.

The Red Cross volunteers, many of whom traveled to Long Island from other states, also handed out water and military rations at Babylon Town Hall.LIPA: Irene damage more severe than initial estimatesToppled trees, broken branches after IreneMyPics: Hurricane Irene on Long Island

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