Iowa Guardsmen To Help Colorado Flooding Victims

As a steady rain continues to fall, the town of Estes Park, Colo., begins to clean up the flooded downtown streets and stores that are popular for visitors, Sept. 15, 2013. (Getty Images)

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By Richard Pratt

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa National Guard members are heading west to help Colorado flooding victims.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1heZ6ph ) that five of the guardsmen are leaving Monday from the Waterloo airport. Others are leaving from Des Moines and the Quad Cities area.

Guard Col. Greg Hapgood says the soldiers include pilots, crew chiefs and aircraft fuelers who will be stationed in Aurora, Colo., for about 10 days. The helicopters are already there.

The massive flooding in the Front Range of the Rockies washed out scores of highways and county roads earlier this month. That raised the need for helicopters to carry medical help to stranded residents or to evacuate injured people.

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