Omaha, Lincoln Red Cross Emergency Response Teams To Colorado

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The Nebraska/Southwest Iowa Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle Teams from Omaha and Lincoln leave for Colorado Monday to help with flooding rescue efforts.

Eight well-trained disaster action workers from the state will head west to help the thousands of people who have been forced out of their homes due to the rising water.

Red Cross volunteers are staffing shelters or evacuation centers at numerous locations throughout Colorado, providing a safe place for people to evacuate to along with blankets, cots, food and comfort.

The Red Cross has also begun delivering cleanup supplies to those affected by the floods. Items include drinking water, shovels, trash bags, gloves, bleach, bucket and mops.

Officials in Colorado say an 80-year-old woman is missing and presumed dead after her home was washed away by the Big Thompson River. The Larimer County Sheriff's Department says the woman was injured and unable to leave her home. When nearby residents arrived to help, they found the house gone.

She is the second woman presumed dead in the same area after the river rose Friday night. A 60-year-old woman is missing after the river destroyed her home in Cedar Cove.

The number of confirmed fatalities from the flooding in Colorado stands at four, but is expected to rise.

The widespread flooding, from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado, has led to hundreds of missing person reports, though officials expect the numbers to drop as cell phone service is restored and those unaccounted for check in. Those who have been out of touch for several days are being asked to call the Red Cross.

Meanwhile, more rain is threatening to complicate search and rescue efforts. Twenty military helicopters planned to expand the search Sunday from Boulder County east to Fort Morgan, but a forecast of up to two inches of rain was putting that in doubt.

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