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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard is continuing its support to civil authorities in Colorado.
A total of 555 troops and their equipment are assigned to the mission.
More than 200 Colorado National Guard civil engineers are working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to build access trails around 17 impassible sites along U.S. Highway 36; southward from Estes Park and northward from Lyons.
Colorado National Guard members are currently manning 35 checkpoints in Boulder County, Larimer County, and Weld County in order to ensure public safety and protect property.
Approximately 160 military vehicles are being used to support ongoing missions.
Two helicopters are on standby at Buckley Air Force Base.
The remaining ground search-and-rescue team will be released at the end of the operational period Sept. 21.
Helicopters and crews from the U.S. Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, were released Sept. 20.
By the numbers
As of 11 a.m. Sept. 21, the Colorado National Guard, 4th Infantry Division and Wyoming National Guard evacuated 3,233 people and 1,047 pets.
These numbers have been updated to reflect corrections in accounting.
Aerial teams have evacuated a total of 2,526 people – 83 by hoist – and 1,047 pets. Helicopters and crews have also transported 48.3 tons of cargo, including critical food, water and clothing; as well as transportation and engineering supplies.
Colorado National Guardsmen have evacuated a cumulative 707 people by ground, along with estimated hundreds of animals.
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Military broadcast and photos from Colorado floods on DVIDS: http://bit.ly/187E0Wo
Flood-response photos on Flickr: http://bit.ly/1bfxBO0
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