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Colorado National Guard Assists in Flood Response

Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search and rescue operations in the midst of historic flooding in the state.

Guard members and equipment have been tasked to assist in search and rescue missions and deliver supplies, among other missions. An estimated 6 to 10 inches of rain fell in Boulder County and nearby areas, leading to flash floods that washed out roads, forced the evacuation of residents and killed at least three people. President Obama has declared a state of emergency for the area.

The Colorado National Guard also has been requested to provide traffic control points in and around the affected area starting Sept. 13.

Soldiers and Airmen are assigned to the Windsor Readiness Center, the Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver armories, and Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO.

“Supporting our neighbors in their time of need is one of the most rewarding missions the military has to offer,” says Air National Guard Major General H. Michael Edwards, commander of the Colorado National Guard. “Having readiness centers in communities such as these ensures we provide a rapid [response] for our communities.”

The mission of the Colorado National Guard is to provide its communities, state and nation a ready, reliable, essential and accessible military force, fully equipped for national defense and support to civil authorities.

– Colorado National Guard Public Affairs and news reports