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Volunteers mark two-year anniversary of flood by making affected homes in Evans safer (Video)

Samantha Fox

The 70-degree weather Saturday morning, with a few clouds overhead offered less of a threat than what fell from the skies two years ago.

The 2013 flood hit the Evans area hard after several days of rain, and recovery is still ongoing.

Volunteers for Red Cross, Hope World Wide and The LAUREN Project marked the anniversary of the 2013 flood Saturday by working to ensure homeowners who have recovered from the flood stayed safe from another kind of threat.

About 14 volunteers split into teams to check fire detectors and install new ones in formerly flood damaged homes. The homes the volunteers visited all had been damaged and repaired, but when they were repaired, the smoke detectors weren't necessarily checked.

"We're not going door-to-door to some stranger's house," Jason Godinez, Disaster Program Manager said. "We're going door-to-door to someone who has already been affected by disaster. They know what a disaster can mean to their family."

Red Cross volunteers go out about once a month to install and test fire alarms, with help from local fire departments to pinpoint areas that might be in need of new detectors, but Saturday, thanks to a partnership with The Lauren Project, residents got extra protection. They received free carbon monoxide detectors, which also were installed.

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Distributing the carbon monoxide detectors was especially important to volunteers with The Lauren Project.

Don Johnson of Windsor is the president of the organization, which is named after his daughter, Lauren. She died of carbon monoxide poisoning Jan. 5, 2009. Johnson and his wife, Carol, were among the volunteers who helped Saturday.

He chocked up during a briefing with the volunteers, when he explained the importance of homes having the detectors of the "silent killer."

Weld Recovers helped with Saturday's organization, naming the 156 homes that might need their detectors tested or replaced. The volunteers visited 27 houses Saturday, which was the second day of their effort to reach out to homes affected by the floods. The first day was Aug. 29.

On Sept. 19, homes in Milliken and Platteville will have detectors tested and installed. The three days will account for about two-thirds of the need, and throughout the month of October, other volunteers will work to meet the remaining need.

"It seemed like a good way to start a Saturday," Johnson said.

To help

The Red Cross always is looking for volunteers. The organization will be installing a number of fire detectors throughout the month of October and beyond. To get involved, email Jason Godinez at Jason.Godinez@redcross.org.