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Volunteers help restore Little Thompson River

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Volunteers have made significant contributions in debris removal and home restoration.

On Saturday, June 14, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Red Cross, and the Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition (LTWRC), led volunteers in a significant flood restoration effort along the Little Thompson River.

The volunteer effort focused on removing debris from the Little Thompson River Corridor, where accumulated materials threatened to cause further flooding during spring run-off. This important work will help minimize negative impacts to public water supplies, wildlife habitat, and public infrastructure.

“The flood of 2013 caused tremendous damage to properties and homes along the Little Thompson River,” says Gordon Gilstrap, of the Little Thompson Watershed Restoration Coalition. Volunteers have made significant contributions in debris removal and home restoration, and have shown us all the power of the compassionate human spirit. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish this without their help – we love our volunteers!”

The Red Cross has been supporting community clean-up and recovery efforts such as these throughout flood-affected communities by assisting with supplies, logistics and preparedness information. On June 14, the Red Cross provided tools for the project, portable toilets for the volunteer workers and gas cards to defray the cost of operating heavy equipment. Red Cross preparedness specialists were also on hand to share information about being prepared.

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