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Two Illinoisans Headed to Help in Colorado



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    Run off from a rainstorm runs through the foundations of debris-strewn homes destroyed in a recent flash flood, in Manitou Springs, Colo., Tuesday Aug. 13, 2013. Daily rainstorms have prompted new flash flood worries in Manitou Springs, which lies in the drainage of the area burned in last year's Waldo Canyon Fire. A 17-year-old girl drowned Monday after she was caught in heavy rain in Colorado Springs as storms pounded a region still reeling from mudslides and flash flooding that killed one person in nearby Manitou Springs last week. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    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.

    Three more people were confirmed Monday night to have died in the flooding, bringing the death toll from the disaster to eight.

    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.