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October 07, 2013

100+ Volunteers Help Sierra Club Clean Up Colorado

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More than 100 volunteers came out to help the Rocky Mountain Sierra Club assist Colorado flood survivors clean up. The Sierra Club joined a coalition a groups who held clean-up events all weekend around the state.

As we detailed on Friday, Colorado Flood Recovery Weekend events took place in Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, and Greely, which were among some of the hardest hit places during the historic deadly flooding last month. Volunteers assisted with clean-up efforts in homes and parks Saturday and Sunday morning.
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"It was amazing and humbling," said Bryce Carter, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Organizer in Colorado, who helped plan the weekend and volunteered at a flooded farm. "I found myself standing there shocked of just how devastated the property was."

Carter and volunteers spent hours digging through the mud and debris. Check out the video he took of the day.

"We were digging through people's lives strewn across the landscape. The homeowner, who rented out the property, didn't have flood insurance. The team effort we put in truly moved mountains (of mud) as we worked to take down the walls of the first floor of her home and clean out debris throughout, work which they never would have been able to have happened in the time we did it. I couldn't have been prouder of everyone's hard work."
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The weekend closed with a volunteer appreciation event featuring music, food, and speakers. Speakers discussed the importance of taking direct action both locally to help our neighbors and nationally with supporting measures to combat climate disruption.

"Many of our volunteers, and even hurting homeowners, talked about the disturbing trends we're seeing in Colorado where the Front Range is on the front lines of climate disruption," Carter said.
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"We also talked about the importance for us to act not just locally one shovel-full at a time, but also nationally to have strong carbon standards with the Environmental Protection Agency. To look in the eyes of those hurting, going through muddied photos of their loved ones, affirmed my determination to do everything I can to stop further climate disruption."

Here's a great news story on the weekend volunteer events.

You can see more photos of the clean-up right here.

-- Heather Moyer, Sierra Club

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