A field of parked cars and trucks sits partially submerged near Greeley, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as debris-filled rivers flooded into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. (AP Photo/John Wark)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The Las Vegas community is stepping in to help those affected by floods in Colorado. Two groups deployed to the area Sunday to deliver essential supplies and words of comfort to thousands of people displaced by the damage.
Salvation Army Officer Capt. Julie Feist and a group of volunteers left for areas near Boulder and Denver in a Salvation Army Canteen truck. They'll be preparing and serving meals to the thousands of people evacuated from their homes alongside teams from Arizona and New Mexico.
Members of the Emergency Disaster Team say it's a task that requires long hours and plenty of emotional strength from the volunteers so they can be strong for the flood victims.
"You have to deal with fatigue, keep a sharp mind to do the job safely and efficiently," said Alan Robinson, who serves as the warehouse manager at Salvation Army's Henderson location.
He and his fellow volunteers are thinking of their own friends and families as they leave home for at least two weeks.
Early Sunday morning, 80 members from the Nevada Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 left for the Fort Collins area. When FEMA called the team to action, firefighters, doctors, engineers and other experts from around the Valley immediately began assembling a caravan including 50,000 pounds of ATVs, cargo trucks and other rescue equipment to aid in the response to the destruction.
"First responders run into situations others are trying to run away from," explained Mario Trevino, program manager for Nevada Task Force 1. As the water keeps rising, his team will use their skills to help flood victims get the victims to safety.
Trevino says it's a dangerous but fulfilling responsibility. "There's no better feeling I can imagine someone could experience. It's personally very rewarding," he said.
Nevada Task Force 1 helped in relief efforts after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
Both groups are on two-week deployments but could stay longer if needed.
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