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Volunteers from Dubuque quick to pitch in with flood relief efforts

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Ron Turner knows all about responding to disasters.

He spent a considerable amount of time in Ft. Atkinson and Elkader in late August after flooding, and now he's back at it again, this time heading to Cedar Rapids.

He and another volunteer spend part of Friday morning loading comfort and cleanup kits that they'll take with them.  They're much needed supplies for many families in need.

"The families are real appreciative that we're there to give them something to get them back on their feet again, so they appreciate our service," Turner said.

Turner doesn't know how long he'll have to help out, but knows these days can end up being very taxing.

"They can be pretty long days, I guess. 12-14 hours a day, I guess. Sometimes a lot of travel back and forth, and sometimes you stay there and work in a shelter or something for over 12 hours," he said.

But those long days won't keep Turner and many others away.

"It's real rewarding for the volunteers also. I think we get a lot out of it also. So, it's just something we felt like we needed to do to get the community up and running again," he said.

The Red Cross is always looking for more help.  For more information, head to http://www.redcross.org/local/iowa.

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