SIOUX FALLS, SD. -

Thousands of people in need of rescue, thousands more homes destroyed and more than a dozen lives lost.

It's all the aftermath of record flooding in Louisiana.

To help, one Sioux Falls man made the trip with the American Red Cross.

Now he's back home, bringing with him unforgettable memories of the devastation that flooding left behind.

"When you're driving up to it you didn't see too many problems until you got into the neighborhoods,” says Richard Rhoades.

When Rhoades arrived in Louisiana, he didn't find 4 to 6 ft. of water, he saw the aftermath.

"We would just drive up and down the streets and look at the astounding messes that were made from all of the debris that was stacked along the street.”

Rhoades says during the two weeks he spent in the Baton Rouge area, his job was loading up emergency response trucks with food and delivering them to families affected by the flooding.

"They really appreciated all the help they could get, and they needed the help,” says Rhoades.

Rhoades is a former volunteer firefighter, and he's helped with the Red Cross before.

After seven deployments with the organization, he says this was one of the worst natural disasters he's seen.

"It was so astounding that no one had any warnings that the water was going to rise, so they had no clue of what was happening.”

He helped keep families fed and listened to their heartbreaking stories.

"One individual told me that when the water started coming through his front door, he loaded his family and left,” says Rhoades. “He left everything they own just to get out in time.”

These stories will stay with him forever, and remind him why it was so important to lend a helping hand.

"It's very emotional and heartbreaking,” he says. "It's a feeling that you're out trying to help people that really need it. It's a feeling that everyone should feel once in their life.”

Rhoades spent two weeks in Baton Rouge.

He had to return for a doctor’s visit.

However, there are three South Dakota members that have extended their visit to another two weeks.