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Traveling volunteers respond to disasters

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As emergency response teams head down to states threatened by Hurricane Mathew, a lot of help is still needed here in Eastern Iowa. A group of amazing volunteers from Team Rubicon are tackling the flooding in Cedar Falls, before they head out to Hurricane Mathew.

Team Rubicon is a veterans based disaster response team. These volunteers come from all over the country, and go wherever disaster strikes. 

"We just completed our operation helping the flooding in Louisiana, a major disaster operation," said Rubicon volunteer Chris Wells. "Before that, we had a major operation in West Virginia helping with the flooding there."

A group of 15 volunteers are tackling the damage Mother Nature left behind with devastating flooding.

These volunteers have been working with homeowners who are starting the grueling clean-up process. 

"Gutting the house, taking out the drywall, the installation," said Wells. 

Every little bit of help goes a long way for these homeowners. 

"Oh my gosh, this is where I start to get emotional," said Wells. "The amount of people who have helped, and I feel like I'm always blessed when something happens. I said that in 2008 we were so blessed by our neighbors, and friends, and people we don't even know out to help us."

These men share more than just a passion for helping strangers. 

"Our motto is disaster is our business, and veterans are our passion," said Wells. "So while we get the veterans together to help the homeowners. It's also helping us have our sense of mission, have our purpose, have our comradery again, stuff that we lose and miss when we get out of uniform and get out of the service."

Team Rubicon already has volunteers out on the ground down South. This group of volunteers here in Eastern Iowa plan on joining them once it's safe for them to go down.  

In the meantime, these men will be here for a few more days, and are looking to help anyone they can. If you need assistance, contact them at

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