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Team Rubicon helping with tornado clean up in Columbia

Team Rubicon cleaned up tornado debris around Mark Motley's home on Beets Road Wednesday. Team Rubicon cleaned up tornado debris around Mark Motley's home on Beets Road Wednesday.
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - About two dozen members of a national veterans volunteer organization have been helping with the clean up in Columbia following last week's deadly tornado.

Members of Team Rubicon have been in town for several days working primarily on debris removal.

And they've been spending time recently at the home of Mark Motley.

His 100-year-old home on Beets Road was heavily damaged in the storm. He also lost several large trees, three of which crashed into his house.

Team Rubicon has been helping Motley clear the trees and put a tarp on his roof. 

"We bridge that gap between when the disaster hits and long-term recovery," said Bob Obernier, administrator of Region IV of Team Rubicon. "We get here within 24 hours, it gives us the opportunity to serve those in need and help get these communities back where they were," he said. 

"Having been in the military myself, (Team Rubicon's work) is exceptional, but it's also normal, that's just our military," said Motley. "This is what our military does and once you're in, you're always in. It never leaves you," he said. 

Team Rubicon was founded in 2010. 

It has 22,000 members across the country.

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