Military vets deploy to help with Colorado flood cleanup

Posted on: 7:26 pm, September 19, 2013, by , updated on: 10:29pm, September 19, 2013

LONGMONT, Colo. — After serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, several dozen military veterans are signing up for a new mission: Cleanup Colorado.

Team Rubicon, a nonprofit group founded by two U.S. Marines, travels to cities impacted by natural disasters to help with rescue, recovery, and cleanup. After five days of torrential flooding in Colorado the group has deployed to hard hit Longmont ready to help with the cleanup still ahead.

“They’ve been tested on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan and we’re taking those skills and we’re repackaging those skills for disaster relief,” said the group’s co-founder William McNulty on Thursday.

A week after the storm first began, the group of veterans helping clear away debris and trash, cleanup flooded basements, and restore some sense of normalcy for homeowners who are facing an uphill battle of restoration.

“I never thought I would have to be mucking out the basements in my own state,” said Alex Lanning, a Team Rubicon volunteer and Colorado Air National Guardsman. The nonprofit has traveled across the country and around the world to help with natural disasters including the recent tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma.

If you’re interested in helping to donate to the nonprofit click here: http://teamrubiconusa.org/donate/