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Military flood mission continues, some helicopters relocating 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
total-team operations 
Search-and-rescue personnel from across the U.S. board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to Company C, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Wyoming Army National Guard; while a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the U.S. Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th infantry Division (right) and an LUH-72 Lakota helicopter with the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard (center), head toward flooded areas in the vinity of Larimer County, Colo., at Christman Field in Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 17, 2013. “Neighbors helping neighbors” has become a way of operating this week in Colorado as record-setting floodwaters damaged or destroyed multiple communities in the northeast quadrant of the state. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf/RELEASED)

Click here or on the photo to download a high-resolution image.

More photo and video products of Colorado National Guard firefighting are available on DVIDS.

***  All available high-resolution, public-domain military imagery of Colorado Floods can be found on DVIDS at: http://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ColoradoFloods2013#.UjeZRXTnbDc ***

*** Due to the 24/7 military evacuation operations, updated evacuee and personnel counts are usually calculated at the end of each operational period/24 hours. We will continue to distribute the most current numbers available via Twitter @CONG1860 and Facebook every morning as soon as they’re available. ***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

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.

Helicopters and crews from the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division are moving from Boulder Municipal Airport and are all scheduled to stage at Fort Carson, Colo., by 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

As priorities and requirements continue to be refined across flood-affected communities, the military is committed to meet the needs of civilian leadership until the military mission is complete.

These aviators, maintainers and other support personnel, along with their helicopters and various ground support equipment, will continue to provide support for ongoing flood operations from Fort Carson in order to facilitate aircraft maintenance and allow for crew rest.

As of 11 a.m. Sept. 18, a total of 754 troops, 19 helicopters, 20 ground search-and-rescue teams, and 67 traffic-control points are operational.

Their cumulative number of military aerial evacuations is currently 2,394; 75 of them by hoist. Additionally, 816 animals have been evacuated by air. Additionally, nearly 18.5 tons of cargo, including critical food, water and clothing; as well as transportation and engineering supplies; have been transported via military helicopters since flood operations began.

Colorado National Guardsmen have evacuated a cumulative 707 people by ground, along with estimated hundreds of animals. Currently, 23 teams with 83 vehicles are operating in Boulder, Larimer County, Weld County and Denver.

Cumulatively, 3,101 people displaced by Colorado flooding have been evacuated by military personnel.

209 Colorado National Guard members are currently manning 67 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 and resupply missions.

In total, 38 Colorado National Guardsmen filled, moved and stacked approximately 12,000 sandbags in Jefferson County to help civil authorities mitigate flooding effects in Jefferson County, Colo., and are mission complete.

This by-the-numbers report is current as of 11 a.m.

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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.

Supporting links:
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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9/17/2013