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Sep 28, 2013 9:50 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

FEMA ramps up efforts to help those affected by flooding in Colorado Springs

The flood waters may have receded but there's still a lot of work to be done recovering from the recent disastrous flooding across Colorado, on Saturday FEMA workers joined by student volunteers ramped up efforts to provide assistance to those affected in Colorado Springs.

House to house and door to door the students, ranging in age from 18 to 24, spread out across Cheyenne Road. The neighborhoods surrounding Cheyenne Creek suffered some of the worst damage during recent heavy rains.

"It's worse than heartbreaking, it's horrible," FEMA Volunteer Eleasha Walker said of the flood damage. "It's awful that things like this happen."

Walker is a college student from North Carolina, she's serving a year in the FEMA Corps. FEMA Corps is part of AmeriCorps, it's a program for people 18 to 24 that assigns them to disaster assistance teams and offers educational awards and stipends for service. After going through rigorous training, Walker said she was excited to be assigned to Colorado.

"I feel like it's important for all of us to serve our country and to just help out whereever we can, whenever we can, whereever we happen to be at the time," she said. "I would really just like to see this community thrive and heal from what has happened."

The mission of the FEMA Corps Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) on Saturday was to contact as many homeowners on Cheyenne Road affected by flooding as they could. The team members collected contact information from victims and helped submit requests for federal assistance as well as scouting for any issues that might require immediate attention.

"A whole host of things, from identifying information to information about the type of damage they've had and how they've been affected by the disaster," Team Leader Evan McGloin explained.

Aside from offering victims options to recover from flooding, Eleasha Walker was aspired to also offer them hope.

"It needs to be fixed," Walker said of the damage. "People need to come in and help and I really hope that this community grows together from it and I hope that I can do something."

 

More information about FEMA assistance being made available to victims of the Colorado flooding can be found at http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/09/26/fema-disaster-survivor-assistance-teams-help-flood-survivors.

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