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Corps-members Helping Communities Accelerate Rebuilding Process After Hurricane Devastation

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Corpsmembers remove water damaged belongings from inside a home in St. Thomas as the home owner watches (Photo courtesy: California Conservation Corps)

Sacramento CA— California Conservation Corps crews returned home after a month in Texas, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas helping hurricane victims rebuild their homes. Sixty Corps-members answered a national call in early November to remove downed trees, haul away debris and demolish mold infested walls and flooring to make homes ready for rebuilding.
“There is still a great deal of work to be done in these areas, but our crews worked hard to help the people in these communities by clearing out the wreckage left behind by these hurricanes,” said Bruce Saito, director of the California Conservation Corps. “We’re proud of the back-breaking work that Corps-members did to help our fellow Americans put their lives back together.”
In Texas, crews from the San Bernardino, South Lake Tahoe and Placer-Auburn Centers removed thousands of cubic yards of flood-damaged wallboards and flooring – what’s called mucking and gutting.
Additionally, Corps-members chopped up and removed hundreds of trees that had fallen onto homes and streets.
A crew from the San Diego Center set up a base on the west end of Puerto Rico where they used chainsaws and other tools to remove dozens of large trees that had fallen onto homes without causing more property damage. Corps-members also distributed food door-to-door to 685 families.

Crews remove flood-damaged and molded walls and floorboards in St. Thomas, then break them down for hauling.( Photo courtesy: California Conservation Corps )

In St. Thomas, over 500 cubic yards of debris was hauled from the mucking and gutting of homes and cutting of downed trees into manageable pieces. One cubic yard is approximately the size of a washing machine.
“In most cases, these are people who don’t have the means to do this work themselves. If you have no resources to get your items out, there’s not much you can do,” said CCC crew supervisor, Chelsea Saeland.
“The families whose homes we completed have been impacted, but can now start moving on from this devastation.”
The crew worked on multiple homes to remove all personal items damaged or molded from inside the home; take all walls down to the studs; and clear the yard of fallen trees and debris.
“There are so many homes with a blue tarp roof because their roof was severely damaged or blown away,” said Sacramento native Richard Hervey, a Corps-member based out of the CCC’s Fortuna Center.
“Even when they had lost almost everything, neighbors got together to make us lunch, and bring us tools, food, water and resources. Hospitality when they had no house; I wasn’t expecting that.”
Corps-members say much work remains to be done in the hurricane hit areas. Entire blocks of communities are covered in debris and fallen trees, and many homes have no roofs.
The CCC plans on sending more crews early next year in response to requests from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team that funds the relief work through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


About the CCC

The California Conservation Corps is a state agency offering young men and women a paid opportunity to improve California’s natural resources and communities. The CCC also responds to emergencies such as fires, floods, weather and agricultural disasters.
Created by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976, the CCC is the oldest and largest conservation corps in the nation.
The CCC has Corps-member openings every month for young adults ages 18 to 25 and veterans to age 29. For information on joining, call 1-800-952-JOBS or visit ccc.ca.gov.

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Corps-members Helping Communities Accelerate Rebuilding Process After Hurricane Devastation