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Military flood support planning for long-term rebuilding operations 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Road Damage 
Flying over flood-affected areas of Northern Colorado to assess the damage, which has been declared a federal disaster area, in Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk and LUH-72 Lakota helicopters Sept. 14, 2013. Shown is structural damage through Northern Colorado: Boulder, Longmont, Estes Park, Lyons, and Hwy 34 along the Big Thompson River. During the flight the crews spotted six citizens, stranded by severe highway destruction, and rescued them to a big surprise when they entered the aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/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. ***

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Members of the Colorado National Guard and the U.S. Army’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Carson, Colo.; 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.

Helicopters and crews from the Wyoming National Guard completed their mission of evacuating Colorado citizens and transporting supplies and returned to Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 19.

A total of 452 troops, 5 helicopters, two structural assessment teams, two ground search-and-rescue teams, and 43 traffic-control points are assigned to the mission.

“Now that the majority of evacuations have been accomplished, we are moving into the recovery and rebuilding stage,” said Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Peter J. Byrne, commander of Joint Task Force Centennial. “While we continue to reduce our number of first-military responders and helicopters, we are bringing in our civil engineering teams to start rebuilding.”

Two teams of Colorado National Guard civil and structural engineers are now supporting the Colorado Department of Transportation by assesing the safety of roads and bridges in the affected area.

As of 11 a.m. Sept. 20, National Guard and active duty military members have evacuated 3,716 people and 893 pets.

Aerial teams have evacuated a total of 3,009 people and 893 pets; 83 by hoist. Helicopters and crews have also transported 44 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, two teams are on standby in Boulder.

Colorado National Guard members are currently manning 43 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 on-going missions.

Helicopters and crews from the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division have relocated from the Boulder Municipal Airport and are currently staged at Fort Carson.

The Colorado National Guard’s CERFP Search and Extraction Team, that was augmenting Colorado Task Force 1 by performing a wide-area search, was released Sept. 19. -30-

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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