(A before and after of US 34 Business and the US 34 bypass east of Greeley, Colo. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Deptartment of Transportation’s Facebook page.)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Gov. Matt Mead has activated five Wyoming National Guard UH-60 Black Hawks to assist evacuation efforts in Colorado due to recent flooding.
The UH-60s and their 20 crew members were deployed from Cheyenne Saturday afternoon in support of a multi-agency response to the recent flooding in Colorado. The Guardsmen were activated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact – a national mutual aid partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance.
Each crew consists of a medic, crew chief and two pilots. The UH-60s are part of the Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment with the Wyoming Army National Guard. The air frames will be based out of Buckley Air Force Base in Denver and will be deployed until their assistance is no longer needed.
“It is our pleasure to support our neighbors to the south during this natural disaster,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general, said. “We will continue to stand ready to assist with any additional resources as the need arises.”