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Locals lend hand to flood victims
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Ronnie Perry and his band of cheerful givers were Waverly bound on Saturday to deliver necessities to residents who suffered severe losses from recent flooding. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Ronnie Perry and a group of Warren County volunteers have made a humanitarian visit to help those devastated by floods in Waverly.

“This is something we felt compelled to do,” said Perry. “We want to help the less fortunate of Warren County and those in other counties.” 

Approximately a dozen volunteers collected nonperishable food and various items, such as diapers, baby bottles, formula, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shoes, socks and underwear, for the trip to Waverly. 

“I don’t know how much we have, but there’s enough to fill the entire back of the truck,” said Perry. “We had hoped to take some toys, but we don’t have room for any.”

For more than 20 years, Perry and a number of local volunteers have donated food to those in need in Warren County. Additionally, a humanitarian trip is made to South Dakota once a year to take food, clothing and toys to individuals at an Indian reservation near Pine Ridge. 

“We have about 12 volunteers helping out today,” said Perry. “My wife is volunteer No. 1. Cora Lee isn’t going to be happy about me saying that, but it’s true. She’s my No. 1 helper. ”

Twenty people died during extreme flooding in Waverly the weekend of Aug. 21. According to reports, up to 523 homes in the county were damaged, including 272 homes that were completely destroyed. Eight public facilities and 44 commercial properties also suffered damage.