How lawnmowers are bringing Harvey victims in Friendswood together

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Road to Recovery: Man repairs flooded lawnmowers for his neighbors (KTRK)

The buzz is back for some Friendswood neighbors after a stranger fixed their flooded lawnmowers.

The machines were fixed by Ken Ogden.

"I hate seeing something useful being thrown away," Ogden said.

The idea was sparked during a bike ride when he spotted a lawnmower in Jason Davidson's debris piles.

"I didn't think anything of it," Davidson said. "It's just trash."

"He says, 'Would you like your lawnmower back?' I didn't know what to say at first," Davidson said. "I was like, is this a trick question?"

It wasn't a game. Ogden fixed the mower, and didn't charge a thing.

"It's just a good feeling to bring some junk back to life, and for them, I don't know what to say, it's like for them, but the smile on their face is worth everything," Ogden said.

Ogden didn't stop there. He fixed other flooded mowers on the same street.

"It looks like its right out of the package," Harding said. "It looks like a brand new mower."

So far, Ogden has fixed five mowers. He has to drain fluids, change parts, and pressure wash to remove germs.

It takes five hours per machine, but to Ogden, it's time well spent to give neighbors the sound of normalcy when they're faced with any but.

"The smile on his face was just unbelievable," Ogden said. "It was like, oh my God. This is good."

Ogden isn't done yet. He's looking for more mowers in piles.

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