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caption: Volunteer military veterans with Team Rubicon help clean up debris in Seattle's South park neighborhood following massive flooding in December 2022. 
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Volunteer military veterans with Team Rubicon help clean up debris in Seattle's South park neighborhood following massive flooding in December 2022.
Credit: Courtesy of Team Rubicon.

Veterans chip in to help Seattle's South Park in wake of flood


Seattle's South Park neighborhood is still clearing out debris from last week's significant flooding. Now, veterans are helping with the disaster response.

The vet-led organization Team Rubicon says it has started a five-day debris clean-up, collaborating with Seattle's Office of Emergency Management and other city departments. Rubicon's volunteers are called "Greyshirts." They were contacted by Seattle Public Utilities and asked to help out in South Park.

Their focus is on assisting residents adjacent to the Duwamish River, flooded with water and other floating waste last week. Greyshirts will be charged with removing a range of debris from the neighborhood.

About 20 families were displaced in South Park due to the flood.

Team Rubicon began after 2010's earthquake in Haiti and has since grown to more than 150,000 veteran volunteers across the country.

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