COLORADO (WIFR) - It's going to be a long time before anything looks like new in flooded portions of Colorado.
It's been two weeks since the water started rising in the North-Central part of the state and the clean-up process is just getting started. The mud is three to four feet high in some homes and businesses. Many people have pledged to rebuild in the same spot instead of leaving their towns and starting over. Hundreds of relief workers are now on their way to Colorado to help start the clean-up process.
One of those relief workers is from right here in the Stateline. Mike O’Brien’s plane just landed in Denver about an hour and a half ago... And he's now on his way to some of the hardest hit areas of Colorado.
O’Brien is a volunteer with the Rock River chapter of American Red Cross. He says volunteering in a disaster area is a lot of work. In Colorado O’Brien will be serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to those flood victims still staying in Red Cross shelters. It's a 12 to 14 hour a day job... But he says it's all worth it in the end.
"You do get a very good feeling when you go out and help people who have just lost everything and they don't know what to do and you can provide help to them and it does make you feel very good." O’Brien
O’Brien joins seven other volunteers from our area who are already out there. This isn't his first time volunteering... O’Brien helped last year in New York after hurricane sandy... And even volunteered for three weeks right here in the Stateline last spring when floodwaters forced people out of their homes.