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Out of towners help with sand bagging efforts in Missoula

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Thousands of volunteers are stepping up to help those forced to evacuate from Clark Fork flooding.

ABC FOX Montana spoke with a couple Tuesday who are actually from Brooklyn.

They say they stopped by Montana while traveling and felt a strong urge to help those affected by the flooding.

The Big Apple is home for Zack Baddorf and his fiancé, Samantha Libby.

Their couple's original plan was to travel from coast to coast this summer, but that plan was put on hold when they heard about flooding on the Clark Fork River.

Despite living 2,300 miles away, Zack and Samantha jumped at the opportunity to help.

"Timing worked out great. It's a tremendous honor to be able to participate and volunteer in Missoula. Timing was just perfect,” said Baddorf.

Perfect timing, the couple said they heard about the floods from one of their friends who lives in Missoula.

With volunteer numbers and supplies dwindling Zack and Samantha said they couldn't wait to help out the community.

"We were really excited about the opportunity to come out. He told us that this was going on. I actually heard of Team Rubicon and their volunteer efforts for many years. I've always wanted to volunteer but never had the chance,” said Baddorf.

The couple only started sandbagging Tuesday, but with water levels expected to rise, the two say their cross-country road trip can wait.

"We still need to get our hands a little more dirty. We plan on staying for a day or two…to see how much work is needed and stay as long as we can,” said Baddorf.

While getting his hands dirty isn't something he's used to Zack said they're taking this experience back to the Brooklyn.

"A good skill to have if we need to sandbag around our own place back in Brooklyn,” said Baddorf.

If you want to join Zack and Samantha, they'll be volunteering tomorrow at fort Missoula.

If you can't physically fill up sand bags, you can always donate much-needed supplies to those hard working volunteers.

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