Jun. 23—ROCKTON — Teams of local officials and trained volunteers on Tuesday canvassed neighborhoods surrounding
Local officials and engineers were joined by Team Rubicon, a volunteer veterans organization that provides disaster relief, Laborer's Disaster Response Teams and others. They interviewed home and business owners while gathering data that the
"We have volunteer teams going house to house," said
About 25 Team Rubicon volunteers answered a call for disaster response help put out to members in a 450-mile radius. The volunteers came not only from
The teams are expected to return to the neighborhoods on Wednesday in an effort to contact anyone who could not be reached Tuesday.
They were brought to
The crews are checking to see if there is damage that has left homes uninhabitable. They are looking for damage to windows, doors, walls and roofs. And they are checking on the types of insurance that may or may not have been in place.
The assessments are a necessary step in the disaster response process, said
"Damage assessments are led by the local government," Clark said. "They will take the state around to show us the areas effected. They are going to know their community better than we are. So they take us around and show us where the damage is and what we need to be able to document and report it to the federal government."
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