Colfax volunteers assist Hurricane Sandy victims
Sixteen members of the Colfax community are currently hard at work in the Queens and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City. The volunteers left Jasper County on March 23 and will return March 31.
The group, mostly composed of firefighters, is in New York City to help rebuild the homes of firefighters that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. The hurricane traveled over seven countries, killed approximately 285 people and caused an estimated $42 million in damage in New York State alone, making it more “impactful” than Hurricane Katrina, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The trip is very rewarding so far. Yeah, it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s well worth it,” Colfax firefighter and trip organizer Eric Harmison said. “If it was closer to Iowa, I’m sure all of us would be back out here again.”
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