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UMCOR disaster aftermath team helps Southeast Minnesota families clean up

DODGE CENTER, Minn. (FOX47) – In the aftermath of Southeast Minnesota’s recent flooding spell, the United  Disaster Response Team (UMCOR) has been helping families with cleanup needs.

Over the past days, UMCOR’s trained volunteers have helped 6 families across Mantorville, Kasson and Dodge Center.

The team spends hours removing drywall and furniture, power washing and performing other cleanup tasks.

“We get more out of it than we gives,” said Tanya Oberg, UMCOR’s River Valley District Coordinator.

“For a lot of these families, these individuals that we’re helping, these survivors, they just need that break. That extra support, that extra help to know that somebody cares personally.”

Most of the families benefiting have limitations in resources, man-power and are in need of some extra help.

“We actually spend time with the clients when we’re talking on-site talking about their family, about things that are

going on. We don’t just come in and work and not communicate,” said Oberg.

Friday morning, Oberg was still handing out buckets of cleaning supplies to people in need of materials.

“They just needed extra help to get heavy furniture moved out or to remove carpet or to get down to the studs cause again all of our work is done right down to the studs, assuming that is what the homeowner requests,” said Oberg.

UMCOR has districts across the country and offers training for volunteers looking to help. You can find out more about becoming an UMCOR volunteer here.

Jack Keenan

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