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Volunteers help save materials in Waverly

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -- As many Eastern Iowans know, the spring and summer of 2008 were devastating for residents. Flooding tore apart homes and business. The same goes for this summer. One community that's been through high waters, Waverly.

On Saturday morning, the AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps, invited community members to help them salvage materials from a flooded home.

From the outside of 806 4th street SE in Waverly, it looks like a perfect house. Step inside and it looks the same. But look back a few years ago, this house suffered flood damage nearly destroying it.

"They renovated almost everything and then they decided to take the FEMA buyout," NCCC volunteer Victoria Rocha said.

Saturday morning Preservation Iowa teamed up with Maple One, of AmeriCorps, to salvage all the usable materials from a FEMA buyout.

"I really like working on the light fixtures because I think they've got good resale value," volunteer Avery Kufta said.

It's a part of their Community Day, designed to teach community members how to save materials and give back to the community.

"And they want to change the way we react to natural disasters," Rocha said.

Most of the items will be resold to the community at a cost effect rate. And they are materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill, after the house is bulldozed.

"So many fossil fuels will not be used in order to process their things and ship them here. Instead you keep this nice recycling materials in the community," Kufta said.

It's just one way this new non-profit, preservation Iowa, is gaining recognition and volunteers. Hoping to make a difference one house at a time.

"Think globally, act locally. It's what's gonna change the world," Kufta said.

All volunteers were provided with a free lunch. The NCCC is stationed in Vinton but travels throughout the country doing service work.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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