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Agencies Look to Help Victims Devastated by the Colorado Floods

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LAS VEGAS -- Local agencies are ready to deploy to Boulder, Colorado if they are called upon to help those devastated by the massive flood waters.

The Colorado floods have the eyes of the nation with waters have carrying away cars, washed out roads and enabling residents to get to their homes.

The Southern Nevada Red Cross chapter is watching it all unfold even being 750 miles away.

Red Cross representative Lloyd Ziel said the local operations center is in constant contact with agencies in Colorado as well as nationally in Washington D.C. If needed, volunteers are on stand by waiting for orders to deploy.

"We may get a call sooner rather than later," Ziel said. "The Colorado chapters have been fighting wildfires all summer so their resources are probably pretty strained."

Deadly flood waters have also forced Nevada's elite task force one to start preparing for a call out.

The specialized team is made up of first responders from all over the valley and specifically equipped and trained to handle any kind of hazard.

"This is the moment that we prepare for, anyone who's on this team, the hours and days that they put in to preparation, now they have the opportunity to implement those skills," Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington said.

Red Cross organizers said the biggest thing people can do is donate money to help in the clean up and recovery for Colorado.

"These are folks that are going to have experience in mass care, sheltering opening shelters, case work helping people find local resources for them after the flooding occur," Ziel said.

Donators can text Red Cross to 90999 on your cell phone for a 10 dollar donation or go to www.redcross.org.

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