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Red Cross serves lunch to storm volunteers in Dubuque

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Volunteers are taking a much needed break from the clean-up efforts in Dubuque County.

On Saturday, they were provided a free lunch from the American Red Cross at the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility.

It has been a long week for the volunteers.

During the storm, the high winds uprooted large trees, some blocked roads, and fell on houses.  Some areas were also affected by flooding.

However, with neighbors helping neighbors, and countless volunteers, things are slowly getting better.

"We've had quite a bit of damage, wind damage, in the area, so it's coordination all the resources. We've got a couple of groups helping with the storm response," said Thomas Berger, director of Dubuque County Emergency Management.

Some volunteers coming out with United Methodist Disaster relief teams. "We're all chainsaw teams so we're all going in and wherever there's a tree that needs to come down, that could cause harm or property damage, or if in a place where someone can't physically bring it up, we're cutting it up and bringing it up to the curb, the city will pick it up," said Reverend Phil Rogers of Manchester.

The volunteers, thankful for the free meal.

"That's very grateful cause they're a group who helps disaster too and now we're seeing all these other people, small groups and community helping out...they can provide for us a little bit, cause we're providing for them," said 14-year old David Williams, with Troop 11 of the Bot Scouts. 

There were volunteers from several organizations including, United Way of the Dubuque Area Tri-states, and AmeriCorps.

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