Nightly News   |  September 20, 2013

After Colorado flood, ‘mudslingers’ pitch in

Eager volunteers have spent the past week cleaning the filth left behind by the Colorado floods, helping their community recover. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports.

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>>> finally tonight it's been a long week for a lot of folks in colorado. for many of them it means starting over completely after digging out what nature has deposited. but there is help out there. people like those you're about to meet who are willing to dig in and make a difference for those who need it. their story tonight from nbc's joe fryer.

>> reporter: it's typically not a compliment to call someone a mudslinger. until now.

>> just being there to give them a hug while i'm taking out buckets of mud is what i have been up to for the last five days.

>> reporter: these eager volunteers have spent the past week cleaning the filthy flooded becames of total strangers, rning the nickname mudslingers.

>> this is in our own backyard. the people that are here, we are the people that would never go on with normal life while their neighbors are hurting.

>> reporter: while most of the work involves good old-fashioned elbow grease it's modern technology that's making all of this happen.

>> we need to assembly the larger teams.

>> reporter: from a makeshift command center volunteer dispatchers use social media to find out who needs help and who can help.

>> you could use more than four people potentially?

>> reporter: they post information about locations in need.

>> we need bodies, shovels.

>> reporter: within minutes a wave of helping hands . some unafraid to spend hours emptying a crawl space that's muddier than a pig pen .

>> i see a light at the end of the tunnel .

>> reporter: here they are helping debbie setlock whose house sat in feet of flood water.

>> might be saveable.

>> it's amazing to see the community rallying together to support and care for one another and help one another out. i have just never seen anything like it.

>> reporter: you could call it the power of social media , but really it is the power of people.

>> obviously mother nature is very powerful. when you watch what humanity and what human nature can do, that's just as equal, in my mind.

>> reporter: selfless neighbors giving mudslingers a good name. joe fryer, nbc news, boulder, colorado.