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North Country volunteers head west to help mudslide victims

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Barbara Davis is an American Red Cross volunteer from Plattsburgh, N.Y. She's been asked to assist with the devastating mudslide in Washington.

"When they called me, I didn't hesitate. I said, 'OK, I'll go if you need me; I'll go,'" Davis said.

She is about to board a plane to go and lend emotional support to families of the victims. The mudslide occurred in the town of Oso last weekend and has claimed at least 25 lives so far. That number is expected to increase. About 90 people are still missing, trapped under the debris and mud.

"Shelter has 30 families, and we'll be dealing with the families. Part of the families are also doing the digging, so emotionally they're having a lot of troubles," Davis said.

The loss of life on the West Coast is affecting people all over the country. Red Cross volunteers from Northern New York are traveling more than 3,000 miles to lend a hand in Washington.

"They'll figure out a way to get me in. I don't know if it'll be helicopter, I don't know if the roads will be open, but they'll get me to there and then I'll be in a shelter," Davis said.

Davis will also be lending emotional and mental health support to the rescuers who are risking their lives searching for survivors. Davis says she's ready to spend two weeks sleeping on a cot next to the disaster site.

"Certainly won't be a building. It will certainly be a tent. I'll be sleeping with all the families in one room," she said.

So, she's always around to support those in need of it right now.

Since the mudslide occurred, the Red Cross has provided nearly 100 volunteers from around the country to aid in the recovery.

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