After heavy rains caused major floodings in local
areas last month.
many people are still suffering from the aftermath.
But a local team made up of some pretty special members.
is working to fix some of the damage.
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here now with the story...Sarah?
The rain may have taken a break.
but for some.
the work is just about to start.
Team Rubicon is a non-profit.
disaster relief organization and now some of its members.
are working to help with flood clean up in Viroqua.
Seventy five percent of the team is made up of military
veterans while the rest are civilians and first responders.
operation Bad Axe ....which is Team Rubicon's relief
efforts in Vernon county.
is underway for the first time in Wisconsin.
A lot of the times communities don't have the resources
to address the needs of all the residents in a timely
Which is why it's boots on the groud for these military
veterans...but this time, for a different purpose.
Most of what we do is this, is disaster relief, something
bad happens somewhere in the country, or internationally,
we'll put together a team of people with skills and
we'll go out there and provide whatever aid we can.
Team Rubicon has been operating for six years now
and its members say there are a few reasons why the
work they do is necessary.
When we get out of the military, a lot of us feel
a certain lacking because you don't have that same
sense of purpose and that same opportunity to serve
others maybe like you had when you were in the service.
And to continue on with that same mission, Team Rubicon
is filling a void, while also making a difference
for many who have been affected by recent flooding.
Having the military dynamic along with civilians working
together so we can help the community really makes
an impact for me to personally so I can feel engaged
with my community and feel engaged with peole that
were in the military that have the same background
as I do.
With their skills and dedication to serving a purpose
that is much bigger than they are, Team Rubicon in
Viroqua is on duty to complete a mission, right here,
in their backyard.
For all these people that we make contact with, for
a lot of them it's the worst day in their lives, you
know they're looking at their house they've vested
20 years, 30 years into their home and now you know
there is a tree on top of it or their basement if
full of mud, and they dont know how to deal with the
situation, we can't get them back to normal, but we
can atleast help remove a lot of that initial shock
you know at least get them to a place where maybe
they can get back into their home and start to live
a normal life again.
Team Rubicon was founded in 2010 after the earthquake
in Haiti left nearly one million hatians homeless.
And in the last five years.
the organization has gone from 3,000 volunteers to
Team Rubicon partnered with organizations like Home
Depot and Habitat for Humanity to receive the extra
support they need to help our community.