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Volunteers From Texas Lend Helping Hand To Flood-Ravaged Areas

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A volunteer in Loveland (credit: CBS)

A volunteer in Loveland (credit: CBS)

LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4) – People from all over want to help Colorado victims recover from the flooding. That includes volunteers from Texas who came to lend a helping hand.

“Without family and people like this I’m not sure my sister would’ve made it,” Candyce Jeffery from Loveland said.

Jeffreys says the water that moved through their home nearly destroyed everything inside. The group of 100 volunteers helping to clean things up is with the Southern Baptist Convention.

“We’re just from all over. We see each other often because there are a lot of natural disasters. So we have all become good friends,” volunteer RL Barnard said.

Together they go from home to home with an entire clean up unit in tow. Whatever the flood waters may leave behind, they know how to handle it. But their work doesn’t end there. They go beyond removing mud and debris by pulling out floor boards and tearing down walls to keep mold from taking over.

“When we leave the house it will be sparklingly clean,” Barnard said.

Knowing the job might take weeks they bring with them a place to shower, do laundry and sleep, and they do it all without any expectations

“A lot of time it’s just convincing people that its free, no charge, no strings attached at all,” volunteer Terry Henderson said.

Their biggest payoff comes from the families they’re helping.

“I don’t think it would have been possible to do it,” Jeffrey said. “I think they would have had to walk away.”

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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