Operation: Lost Wood and Operation: Silver Bullet Wrap-Up

Operation: Lost Wood and Operation: Silver Bullet Wrap-Up
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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Over the weekend of August 18th, Regions 7 and 8 ran two flood recovery operations in Waynesville, MO and Manitou Springs, CO respectively.

.When the going gets nasty, we throw on some Tyvek suits and get nastier.
When the going gets nasty, we throw on some Tyvek suits and get nastier.

Operation: Lost Woods in Missouri saw 16 volunteers from the area assist in the operation, logging over 672 volunteer hours. Over the course of the mission, TR received quite a bit of help. Over 25 active duty soldiers from nearby Fort Leonard Wood and over 300 members of the community volunteered in the initial recovery efforts. While the primary focus was on mucking out homes damaged by the floods, TR volunteers also assisted the local community in building a sustainable infrastructure for the ongoing recovery efforts.

In total, Operation: Lost Woods compiled 85 structure assessments and closed out over 32 work orders.

 

Marine Corps veteran David Laningham takes down a wall damaged by the floods in Waynesville, MO
Marine Corps veteran David Laningham takes down a wall damaged by the floods in Waynesville, MO

Operation: Silver Bullet in Colorado was also a success, especially considering this was the first operation in the region. Running over the course of the weekend, more than twenty TR volunteers traveled to Manitou Springs to assist in flood recovery operations. In total, the team completed over a dozen work orders. The operation is best summed up by Elizabeth O’Herrin, the Region 8 Communications Manager:

“I watched Team Rubicon volunteers attack their work, and saw the look of gratitude on the homeowner’s face as progress finally began to show. There is something cathartic about a hard, incredibly dirty day of work, and knowing that you made a difference in a complete stranger’s life. I’m honored to be a part of this team. It’s made up of people who have been through great struggles and have emerged stronger on the other side. And I believe the people of Manitou Springs will emerge stronger as a community after this flood.”

Jessie Delker, Army veteran, helps muck out a home damaged by the floods in Manitou Springs, CO.
Jessie Delker, Army veteran, helps muck out a home damaged by the floods in Manitou Springs, CO.