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Military flood support mission shifting 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
traffic control point 

U.S. Soldiers and Airmen from the Colorado National Guard set up a checkpoint at the bridge crossing over the St. Vrain River into Lyons, Colo., where flooding destroyed homes and businesses making it an unsafe area Sept. 16, 2013. According to the National Weather Service, more than 12 inches of rain have fallen since Sept. 1, breaking the 73-year-old record for precipitation for the month. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares/RELEASED)

***  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 nature of 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:
Thursday, Sept. 19, 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 shifting their support of civil authorities in Colorado flood evacuation operations.

As the state transitions from emergency response to recovery operations, people will see the number of military forces drop while civilian resources arrive on scene.

A total of 555 troops, 20 helicopters, two ground search-and-rescue teams, one search-and-extraction team, one engineering team and 53 traffic-control points are operational.

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy,” said Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne, commander of Joint Task Force Centennial.  “Working directly with flood victims has been both heartbreaking and thoroughly rewarding for our troops, and the outpouring of love and support we’ve received from our neighbors has been overwhelming.”

A team of Colorado National Guard civil and structural engineers is now supporting the Colorado Department of Transportation asses the safety of roads and bridges in the affected area.

The Colorado National Guard’s CERFP Search and Extraction Team is augmenting Colorado Task Force 1 perform a wide-area search.

As of 11 a.m. Sept. 19, National Guard and active duty military members have evacuated 3,465 people and 887 pets.

Aerial teams have evacuated a total of 2,758 people and 887 pets; 22 by hoist. Helicopters and crews have also transported 39 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. Currently, 2 teams are on standby on Boulder.

Colorado National Guard members are currently manning 67 checkpoints in Boulder County, Larimer County, and Weld County in order to ensure public safety and protect property.

Approximately 175 military vehicles are being used to support missions.

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 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.

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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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9/18/2013