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Veterans volunteer to help with Clermont County flood cleanup

Posted at 6:53 PM, Mar 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 18:53:28-05

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- After the flood water receded, it left more than an inch behind on Ken Shearwood's basement flood. 

"This mud is so extensive, it's crazy," he said. 

But Shearwood's home and others in Clermont County hit by the 2018 flood are getting cleaned up, thanks to help from Team Rubicon. The veteran-founded nonprofit response to disasters around the world. 

Ben Varner is a Vietnam veteran who said his service didn't stop with the military. 

"It's kind of veterans' mentality," he said. "You give."

Varner and hundreds of other volunteers seek disaster situations like the recent flood to help those who can't help themselves alone. 

"It's just amazing," he said. "Everybody wants to go out and get stuff done."

That starts with shoveling flood waters, mucking out muddy basements and being a help at absolutely no cost. 

"You get a lot out of helping people, the satisfaction of helping them," Varner said. "And some of these people have the needs, they just can't do it."