Two of Chicago’s American Red Cross volunteers are being deployed to join relief efforts in Colorado as crews try to rescue some of the hundreds still missing from the state’s catastrophic flooding.
National Guard helicopter teams took off Monday across the state to locate and rescue some of the hundreds of people still unaccounted for, amid what NBC station KUSA called the biggest aerial response in the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina.
On Tuesday, a volunteer from St. Anne in Kankakee County will deploy to help with health services and a volunteer from Lincolnwood will assist with logistics, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.
Twenty-one helicopters were conducting mostly search and rescue operations, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday, amid floods that had affected an area the size of Delaware and wrecked 17,500 homes.
Search teams from other states also joined the rescue effort, though officials said they weren't sure how many people unaccounted for had not yet had the chance to reach out to family and friends.
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the state.