Home Depot and Red Cross lend a hand in Utica flood damage

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Home Depot is a busy place these days with people picking up supplies to rebuild after the flooding.

The store manager and about two dozen employees said enough is enough and got out in the community to help out on Friday.

Roosevelt Drive in Utica is one of the hardest hit areas and some residents were emotional to see the people in orange aprons. Employees brought their expertise along with cleaning supplies - and many weren't even scheduled to work that day.

"Part of our core values is to help our community...that's what we're raised on, as you can say," said Lance Buckingham of the Home Depot. "It was the store. We saw people coming in to buy all these necessities and we decided it's the last thing they have to worry about is buying the stuff. Let's just help them out."

The Home Depot crew is making plans to help out over the weekend as well.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was also on the scene, supplying water bottles and snacks in addition to cleaning supplies.

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