Valley Church Disaster Relief Group Helping with Storm Cleanup

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - A group is helping cleanup efforts around the Metro after severe weather struck Central Iowa Wednesday.

Valley Disaster Relief, a group of volunteers from Valley Church in West Des Moines, are helping remove fallen tree limbs and other brush in residents' yards Thursday. The chainsaw disaster relief unit originated after a similar group from the church helped in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The church decided a relief unit to respond to local disasters was also necessary, and thus began Valley Disaster Relief.

The group will be assisting residents throughout the day Thursday. Co-director Dirk Roghair says the group will also provide a wood-chipping service on Saturday. Residents can gather all the brush and fallen limbs they can and collect them in pile by their curb, and the crew will come by with a wood-chipper to dispose of the debris.

"Over the weekend, we're now busy," said Jordan Korell with the group. "So, as soon as we get guys off work, plenty of time for volunteers to get free, and make sure jobs aren't urgent - like make sure someone is not having a problem, then we're able to sort of sort those jobs out, plan them out for the weekend, and serve and love our city."

Visit the group's webpage to submit a request for cleanup.

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