As the flood waters recede in North Carolina, the full breadth of damage is visible.
“You have some areas that had seven to eight inches of water inside a residence all the way up to eight or nine feet,” says William Porter, Manager of Operational Planning at Team Rubicon. “It’s not over yet, it’s still happening."
Already conducting operations in Wilmington and New Bern, Team Rubicon added Goldsboro as a third response and recovery location in the state. These recovery efforts are expected to last for two weeks.
“Hurricane Florence was a devastating storm that downed trees and power lines and dropped a historic amount of rain in North Carolina, leading to widespread flooding,” says Porter. “Our teams are ready to put their disaster response skills to work to serve those impacted by Florence."
Started by veterans after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, TR is a non-governmental disaster relief organization. The reach of TR is global and can respond to winter storms, wildfires and hurricanes. Working with state and local authorities in North Carolina, TR’s veteran-led volunteers conduct damage assessments, provide home muck-out services, debris removal services and some home repairs.
“Our biggest mission is to get survivors back in their home as quickly as possible,” says Porter. “So we’re doing things like mucking out the water and mud that’s in these homes. Doing the gut outs – getting rid of the old insulation that been wet, carpet that’s been wet and just getting it to the place where a contractor or another non-governmental organization can come in and basically rebuild.”
“Team Rubicon launched our largest operation to date in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and one year later, we’re still rebuilding homes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico,” said Co-founder and CEO Jake Wood. “We’re ready to serve those impacted by Florence and are grateful for the trust and support of the public’s hard-earned dollars to do so.”
At this time, there is no plan for a rebuilding operation in North Carolina, but as this response operation continues, those decisions are being assessed. Residents affected by Florence may request help through Crisis Cleanup by calling (800) 451-1954. Services requested through Crisis Cleanup aren’t guaranteed to be completed by Team Rubicon.
If you would like to help, cash is the best way to show your support. You can donate at www.TeamRubicon.org.
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