Team Rubicon volunteers launch flood response operation in Polk - FOX Carolina 21

Team Rubicon volunteers launch flood response operation in Polk Co.

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POLK COUNTY, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led global disaster organization planning to assist with the flood response and mudslide recovery in Polk County.

Their planned efforts known as, Operation Mountain Laurel,  is scheduled to begin on June 4 and is expected to last 7 to 10 days. 

Due to the heavy rainfall caused by Subtropical Storm Alberto, most of western North Carolina was hit with flash flooding. These flash floods then triggered mudslides in this area, which blocked roadways and other routes in Polk Co. 

Operation Mountain Laurel is designed to assist with route clearances and any other recovery efforts needed in the area. Team Rubicon volunteers, first responders, and civilians plan to use heavy equipment to remove debris and clear the roadways that were affected.

Incident Commander for Team Rubicon, Jeremy Moore stated, "Polk County took the brunt of Subtropical Storm Alberto. When we saw the damage, we knew we had to so something, said Moore. "Our volunteers are ready to get to work and get those roadways cleared so we can help the surrounding communities recover and return to normalcy."

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