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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Members of the Colorado National Guard; the U.S. Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Carson, Colo.; and the Wyoming National Guard; are continuing their support of civil authorities in Colorado flood evacuation operations.
As of 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, a total of 681 troops, 21 helicopters, 23 ground search-and-rescue teams, and 40 traffic-control points are operational.
Their cumulative number of military aerial evacuations is currently 2,378; 62 of them by hoist. Additionally, 856 animals have been evacuated by air.
Colorado National Guardsmen have evacuated a cumulative 676 people by ground, along with countless animals. Currently, 23 teams with 84 vehicles are operating in Boulder, Lyons, Fort Collins/Larimer County, Estes Park, Jefferson County, Weld County and Loveland.
Cumulatively, 3054 people displaced by Colorado flooding have been evacuated by military personnel.
267 Colorado National Guard members are currently manning 40 checkpoints in Fort Collins, Longmont, Greeley, Milliken/Evans, and Boulder in order to ensure public safety and protect property.
Approximately 200 military vehicles are being used to support evacuation missions, most in direct support. Others, such as about a dozen fuel trucks, are being used to expedite helicopter refueling.
Over the weekend, Colorado National Guardsmen also helped fill nearly 10,000 sandbags in Jefferson County to help civil authorities mitigate flooding effects in Jefferson County, Colo.
According to Lance Blyth, U.S. Northern Command historian, the military response to the Colorado floods, dubbed “Operation Centennial Raging Waters,” is likely the biggest rotary-wing airlift mission since Hurricane Katrina.
For Assignment Editors: For the most up-to-date information about the Colorado National Guard’s response to flooding, follow @CONG1860, #coflood and #COWX on Twitter, visit us on Facebook or visit the Colorado National Guard website at http://co.ng.mil.
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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