Volunteer ‘Muck’ Squads Help Flood Victims Clean to Rebuild

The worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy has decimated parts of Louisiana, killing 13 people and destroying more than 100,000 homes. Assisting in the recovery efforts are dozens of people from the Philadelphia area. We deployed NBC10's Sara Smith to Baton Rouge. She used to work with the Red Cross. Sara is sharing the stories of volunteers from our area who are helping in the recovery effort.

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August 25, 2016: Richard McClarty, his wife Wagner and their son Eddie remain in good spirits, despite losing what Richard estimates as 75% of their belongings. They have been staying in hotels since they abandoned their home to the flood on August 13.
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August 25, 2016: Richard McClarty, his wife Wagner and their son Eddie remain in good spirits, despite losing what Richard estimates as 75% of their belongings. They have been staying in hotels since they abandoned their Baton Rouge, Louisiana home to the flood on August 13. Read more about The McClarty family's story here.
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Members of Team Rubicon gather supplies to work on damaged homes. The group combines the skills of military veterans and first responders to "rapidly deploy emergency response teams." Read, watch and see more of Sara's reporting.
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Piles of debris line neighborhood streets. In every affected neighborhood, residents have lost mostly everything. Furniture, flooring, cabinets, appliances, mattresses as well as drywall and insulation piles line the streets of Baton Rouge for miles.
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The home of the McClarty family is nearly gutted following the flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Richard McClarty tells NBC10 that he, his wife and son waded out of the flood waters on August 13 with the water up to the top of their front steps. He says many of his neighbors had to be rescued by boat.
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Historic flooding hit nearly every home in this Baton Rouge neighborhood. Homeowners must gut their homes to rebuild.
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Inside the McClarty's garage, volunteers from Team Rubicon have cut the dry wall and taken out the insulation in order to prepare for repair. They cut above the water mark in order to make sure no mold has grown beyond the line where the water was.
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The McClarty's garage took on the most water, as is sits below the raised home. When the flooding hit, the family car was in the garage.
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Members of Team Rubicon working on the McClarty's garage.
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John, from Team Rubicon, travels all over the county volunteering. He lives not far from this disaster, but wasn't affected.
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Volunteers with Team Rubicon clean up after removing dry wall, insulation and other materials in the McClarty's garage. Read, watch and see more of Sara's reporting.
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