Eighty members of Nebraska Task Force 1 left Friday morning to help with search and rescue efforts in Boulder, Colorado, hit hard this week by flooding.
The team is made of up firefighters and EMS and other first responders trained to deal with disasters. They have previously been deployed to help following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the EF-5 tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas.
Boulder received eight more inches of rain on Thursday and expects more Friday. About 4,000 people living around the mouth of Boulder Canyon have been advised to head to higher ground.
Massive flooding has washed out roads, closed schools and damaged property. Three deaths are blamed on the flooding.
The city of Fort Collins is urging residents of three neighborhoods to evacuate after a surge on a local river sent water over the top of a reservoir. Late-night calls went out in Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs as nearby creeks rose to dangerous levels while a number of towns in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been cut off and are without power and telephone service. The Colorado National Guard began trucking people out of town of Lyons Thursday night.
Residents along the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County, scene of the deadliest flash flood in state history, were also evacuated. The National Weather Service warned Friday of more flash flooding in Loveland.
Recent wildfires have worsened the flooding, stripping the landscape of ground cover that would normally absorb the rain.