Colorado National Guard Rescues Flood Victims

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Published Friday, May 12, 2017

A crew from the Colorado National Guard assisted with flood response Thursday, when four soldiers evacuated residents trapped by high water and debris following flooding in the Beulah area.

No injuries were reported in the flood.

Soldiers responded when Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order authorizing use National Guard resources. The order was coordinated by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as part of the larger response efforts.

The four soldiers, from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, used a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to assist members of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office in reaching people stranded by the flood waters and washed-our roads.

"The Colorado National Guard stands ready to provide additional support to help the people of Buelah," said Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh, the state's adjutant general. "We're your neighbors, and we're here to help."

Photo: A Colorado National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew from Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., assists with evacuations during the Beulah Flood in Pueblo County, May 11, 2017. Courtesy Pueblo County Sheriff's Office