Ohioans Prepare To Help In Search For Colorado Flood Victims


UPDATED: Monday September 16, 2013 6:09 PM

Helicopter searches and airlifts have resumed in Colorado as the weather cleared and the sun shone over flood-damaged mountain towns.
 
Ten military helicopters took off from Boulder Municipal Airport late Monday morning after being grounded because of rain and clouds.
 
Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff says 19 helicopters are available for search-and-rescue operations.
 
Crews are searching for pockets of individuals still stranded from flooding that began late last week.
 
Goff says helicopter crews on Sunday rescued 12 people before the weather halted the flights. Eighty more people were evacuated by ground.

Thousands of homes have either been damaged or destroyed after what some officials are calling a "100 year flood." Many roads are still impassible, making rescue difficult with many people still stranded.

One central Ohioan says his brother lives in a flooded area.

Ted Uniss shared pictures of his brother's roommate's car which was damaged by rapidly rising water.

The American Red Cross in central Ohio told 10TV that they are looking into what resources they have available to assist efforts in Colorado.

A volunteer from the Athens area is making arrangements to travel to Colorado soon. The volunteer has significant experience in logistics, according to the Red Cross. He also has a brother who lives in Colorado and was recently airlifted to safety.

Six people were believed to have died due to flooding in Colorado.

If you want to help out the recovery efforts in Colorado, the American Red Cross says the best way by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or you can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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