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Volunteers answer the call for help near Felicity

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CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A lot of volunteers don't even live in the Felicity area, but once they heard about the extent of the devastation, they just had to help.

"Thought we could lend a hand and get some of our resources down here, some equipment, manpower," said Luke Libbee.

Libbee owns Libbee Landscaping and brought his Bobcat to help clean up the remains of houses and trailers. He says it's the least he could do.

"Kind of felt helpless from where we were, we didn't get any storms up North," said Libbee.

He is one of about 30 people who showed up to lend a hand when the Felicity-Friendship Fire Department called out for volunteers.

"The goal for today is basically just get people's lives back to normal, get the debris path cleaned up," said Mike Masterson.

The volunteers did just that, they cleaned up the debris with the help of a woodchipper and chainsaws. They spent the day removing storm debris, but they needed to sign up before pitching in.

"Mostly just to help control the flow of volunteers and get them where we need them to be and where the residents need them to be and just to make sure we're not getting overloaded in certain areas," said Masterson.

There was an outpouring of help for all the clean up that needs to be done.

"People not affected by it are more than willing to come down here and lend a hand," said Masterson.

One man who lost his home to the storm, Jeff Brierton, said he's overwhelmed by the outpouring of volunteer support and says he doesn't know what he would do without them.

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