FREDERICK - A Facebook page asking for volunteers to help clean up flood-damaged homes has yielded hundreds of volunteers that have helped dozens of homeowners since floodwaters rose last week.
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"My phone was blowing up, and I couldn't keep track of all the people so I thought, where can I post information," organizer Trent John said. He created the 2013 Flood Service Crew page. "I go from five to six "likes" to hundreds. It just blew up."
For the past several days, a group of 100 to 250 people have met each morning in a parking lot in town.
"Here come all these people you don't know. I don't know these guys from Broomfield, Mead, Longmont, Thornton. They are just showing up and saying put me to work," John said.
They descend on homes and start cleaning, assembly-line style.
"It's really is wonderful," Pam Tinkum said. Her home near Sumac Street and Hawthorn Street in Frederick was damaged Thursday night when floodwaters ran off a nearby farmer's field and destroyed everything in her basement. "It's just my son and I. I didn't know how we were going to get the basement cleaned out."
Weeks of cleanup was shortened to hours thanks to volunteers who are part of the local Mormon Church and other people who saw John's Facebook post.
"All these wonderful people showed up from nowhere to help us. It almost takes your breath away. It makes me believe in humanity again. There are people out there who care," Tinkum said as she wiped tears from her eyes.
Tinkum does not have flood insurance. She said she took out a loan so she could afford to replace her furnace, water heater and other items damaged in her basement.
In addition to cleaning Tinkum's home, John says his group of volunteers cleaned six other homes Tuesday.
A crew went out on Wednesday to clean up more homes. Crews plan to go out again on Thursday. Anyone is welcome to join and information about time and location will be posted on the group's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/2013floodservicecrew.
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