A Fond du Lac man who says he was panicked after flooding ravaged his house last week, is now thankful after a team of volunteers helped him with recovery efforts on Saturday.
Ricky Neal said that last Thursday, he “heard some banging at the bottom of the house, looked out, and there was probably 2 feet of water with giant icebergs floating around.”
Neal said it only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the flood to take effect on his street.
“The power went out and it was like, ‘well I can’t stay, I gotta go’, so I waded out the front door and waded down to the bridge through like waist-deep ice cold water,” he said.
Neal said the flood waters did at least $20,000 in damage to his home and possessions, including his brand new car.
“The heartbreak was – a brand new Camaro completely trashed,” he said. “Furnace, hot water heater, washer/dryer. The basement was completely submerged.”
Enter Team Rubicon.
The service organization, comprised largely of veterans, spent their Saturday cleaning debris from Ricky’s house, the house across the street, and the house next door.
“They walked up to me,” he said. “I think they were helping my neighbor, and they walked up and offered, they said ‘do you need anything?’, and I was like ‘I gotta pull carpet’, and they volunteered, and here we are.”
The volunteers, who came from as far as southern Illinois, are staying in the nearby Harbor Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center as their recovery efforts continue.
“We understand what these people are going through,” said Team Rubicon volunteer Glenn McCullough, “and to be able to help them get through that, and make the first step to that recovery, that’s a pretty good feeling.”
It’s an effort Ricky Neal is grateful for.
“They’re awesome, Team Rubicon’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t believe how many people come out to help for just out of the goodness of their heart… There’s plenty of help out there if you just look around. People actually come up and offer the help.”