After multiple tornadoes and flooding swept across the South last weekend, Team Rubicon is currently mobilizing to support affected residents while launching other recovery and mitigation operations on both coasts of the country. Below is a snapshot of our efforts.
Region VII is spinning up Operation Ozark Edge in Neosho, MO, after torrential rains closed down hundreds of roadways across the state. Our team is also in the process of launching Operation Strike It Rich in Eureka, MO, just outside St. Louis.
Last weekend, three confirmed tornadoes destroyed a 40-mile path through Henderson, Van Zandt, and Rains Counties in Texas, with the majority of damage occurring in the city of Canton. Region VI launched Operation Trade Days to support those affected.
This weekend, Region IX will kick off Operation Phone Home in Santa Clarita, CA. To prevent flooding in the area, volunteers will conduct chainsaw operations to restore damming and remove dead trees damaged in the 2016 Sand Fire.
Region II conducted Operation Marsh Madness in Queens, NY, in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to conduct debris removal from a marshland near Fort Tilden. This area was a barrier island that sustained the most significant damage during Hurricane Sandy. In total, 31 volunteers logged over 600 hours valued at $18,300.