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Gallatin man worried about wife, daughter in Philippines

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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

It's been seven days since a typhoon turned the Philippines into a scene of chaos and death. Meanwhile, here in Tennessee, a Gallatin man is desperately seeking word if his wife and baby daughter are alive.

"The only thing going through my mind is wondering if my family is safe and trying to think of how I'm going to get there," William Talley said.

Talley came to Gallatin four months ago to get medical treatment on his knee, and he's been glued to the images coming in from the Philippines for any news about his family.

Talley's wife is a native of the Philippines. She grew up on a coconut plantation on a small island and has never lived anywhere else.

"I want to make contact with my wife and child. I want to see their face. I want to tell them that I love them and that everything is going to be OK. I'm going to try to help them," Talley said.

As TV images show the U.S. Marines bringing in aid, Talley watches, knowing it's not enough.

"It doesn't seem like the program is working correctly over there," he said.

He wishes he could go there himself and help, but for now, he's glued to his computer screen, losing track of what day it is, anxious to return to his home in the Philippines to find his family.

"All I can do is sit on my hands and wait. It bothers me badly," Talley said.

Talley has been hoping to volunteer with an aid group heading to the Philippines, not just to find his wife, but to help others in need.

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