Missouri Task Force 1 on alert to aid in Colorado flood relief

Friday, September 13, 2013 | 2:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri Task Force 1 has been put on alert status to prepare for potential deployment to help with flood relief in Colorado, according to a news release from the Boone County Fire Protection District.

The task force has an 80-member team ready, according to the Fire District’s Facebook page. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also requested that the team be prepared with water rescue assets.

The Colorado flooding began Thursday, and the area around Boulder appeared to be hit the hardest, according to the Associated Press.

More than 3,000 people in Colorado are missing or cut off as of Friday morning, and more than 200 homes have been damaged or destroyed, according to the news release.

Missouri Task Force 1 is one of 28 urban search-and-rescue groups in the continental U.S., which are deployed by FEMA when additional support is needed in response to natural disasters. Its most recent deployment was to the Northeast for Hurricane Sandy relief in fall 2012.

When a disaster requires additional assistance, the three task forces closest to the affected area are deployed. For the Colorado flooding disaster, Colorado Task Force 1 is on the scene, and Nebraska Task Force 1 and Utah Task Force 1 were en route to the Boulder area Friday morning, according to the news release.

Updates will be posted on the Fire District's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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