Hundreds of people have been evacuated by the Colorado National Guard in the massive flooding that has hit the state hard. Now, the Wyoming National Guard is on the way for added manpower.
Saturday afternoon, Wyoming’s Gov. Matt Mead activated five of his state's National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from Cheyenne to support a multi-agency response to the disaster. The UH-60 Blackhawk teams each have two pilots, a medic, and a crew chief.
Reuters is reporting that five people are confirmed dead in the flooding and hundreds are unaccounted for, mainly in the eastern section of the state.
Communications have been disabled by the flood waters which began Wednesday night, followed by power outages. Roads and bridges have been destroyed and more rain is drenching the area tonight. As much as four additional inches is expected for Sunday.
Today, a Blackhawk carrying Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper and two Senators was twice-diverted from its surveillance mission to rescue stranded citizens below. The Blackhawk is part of a high-altitude aviation training team at Fort Carson.
NBC News has amazing rescue stories here.
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