San Diego crews headed to Colo.: San Diego Red Cross members to assist flood victims

SAN DIEGO - Four San Diego disaster workers with the American Red Cross will deploy Monday to flood-ravaged Colorado and assist with sheltering, feeding and serving as government liaisons.

As of this weekend, our people are confirmed dead and there were more than a thousand people unaccounted for in Colorado. In addition, more than 17,000 homes have been damaged.

10News caught up with a San Diego response team working from the state-of-the-art disaster operations center as they worked to assist with an incident action plan.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Doug Nakama spoke with 10News over the phone from Colorado about how he is helping assist rescue crews.

"The challenge has been the frustration of the river rising," said Nakama. "Nighttime obviously is gonna be much more critical, much more difficult to move around."

There were  three members of San Diego's Urban Search and Rescue team helping victims.

Monday morning, four more volunteers from the San Diego American Red Cross will head out.

"We have somebody going out to do government liaison work, we have people going out to do feeding, sheltering, logistics folks and they'll be going our helping our the overall operation," said Andy McKellar, with the American Red Cross."

At the Red Cross headquarters in Kearny Mesa, workers worked to compile critical data around the clock and pushing it out to other entities. The data included mapping areas where volunteers be will be working and surveying the conditions 24 hours ahead of the clock.

Mckellar said even though rainfall was beginning to diminish, residents in northern Colorado were still dealing with flooded areas and many were not allowed to go back to  their homes.

"They're still dealing too with people that aren't able to go home because make the home is not there anymore or the water hasn't receded enough for them to get back in their neighborhoods," said McKellar.

According to the Red Cross, monetary donations were being collected to help the victims. For more information on how to help victims of the flooding, click HERE

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