Defense

September 16, 2013

Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.

 

Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search-and-rescue operations in the midst of historic flooding in the state.

At least three people have lost their lives in the flooding, according to news reports.

Guard members and equipment were assigned to assist in search-and-rescue missions and to deliver supplies, among other missions, officials said. Additionally, the Colorado National Guard has been requested to start provide traffic control points in and around the affected area today.

The soldiers and airmen are assigned to the Windsor Readiness Center; the Boulder, Fort Collins, and Denver armories; and Buckley Air Force Base.

“Supporting our neighbors in their time of need is one of the most rewarding missions the military has to offer,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, Colorado’s adjutant general. “Having readiness centers in communities such as these ensures we provide rapid for our communities.”

 




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