NJ Red Cross volunteers deployed to assist with Barry along Gulf Coast

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New Jersey’s Red Cross volunteers are doing their part to help as Barry continues to dump rain on the Gulf Coast.

Louisiana braced for the worst as Tropical Storm Barry made landfall this weekend, but even with the massive amounts of rain, officials say Barry could have been much worse.

"We absolutely made it through the storm,” says New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Beyond lucky, we were spared."

Barry made landfall as a hurricane Saturday, and weakened over land, -- but it's not over yet.

"This storm still has a long way to go before it leaves the state,” says Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Crews worked all weekend to help those in need.

Diane Concannon, communications director for Red Cross's New Jersey region, says five New Jersey Red Cross disaster workers were deployed to assist along the Gulf Coast.

Lallita Maharaj is in Baton Rouge, and shared her experience with News 12 New Jersey in an exclusive video.

“"I’ve been here since Thursday serving as the shelter manager,” says Lallita. “”We had a shelter that closed out today where we serviced over 30 clients providing a safe place for them to be after the storm, and during the storm we provided meals, a place to stay, and some comfort."

Lallita says they've had heavy rainfall and at least four tornado warnings.

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