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Volunteers help clean-up efforts in Fond du Lac

Posted: 8:36 PM, Mar 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-17 21:36:58-04
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. — People are now beginning to clean up what the flood waters are leaving behind in Fond du Lac.

Fond du Lac Emergency Management, Health Department, and United Way asked the community to join the efforts.

Basement walls destroyed, refrigerators in the driveway, dumpsters filled, but it's only the beginning of clean-up for many people affected by the flooding in Fond du Lac.

"It's going to take us a while to recover and get back on track after this," said Bobbi Hicken the Fond du Lac County Emergency Management Director.

Sunday, she helped register volunteers at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ and sent them across the city to help.

"If somebody calls 211 to say that they need help with cleaning up their basement, if we have people that are willing to do that, we can then send over there and we can coordinate that," said Hicken.

One group of volunteers had people from Oconomowoc, Milwaukee, Racine, and Appleton.

Some of them even brought their own pumps to clear water out of people's homes.

"If it was me, I would want to have some help, too. So that's where we're at. We're bringing our own guys that are volunteering their own equipment. We have pumps and everything so lend a hand where we can," said Dan Booth who was volunteering with a local Patriot Group.

He said he's never seen flooding like this before and encourages other to join the efforts.

"Come out and help, you know, make a difference as well. What if it was you?" said Booth.

Leaders continue to ask the community to join the efforts.

The United Way Volunteer Reception Center will be open again on Monday, March 18th from 1-4 p.m. at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ located at 535 Stow St.

They ask volunteers to park in the main parking lot and enter the front door to begin registering. Volunteers are asked to bring a form of identification and have appropriate cold and wet weather clothing.

A Volunteer Reception Center is also expected to be open next weekend. They say more information will be coming this week.

Call United Way at 920-979-7313 with any questions.

Groups and organizations are encouraged to pre-register their availability with the United Way throughout the week.

The United Way is also accepting monetary donations. You can donate here .

Residents affected by the flooding are reminded to call 211 to report damage and needs.