Air searches to resume Tuesday

10:49 PM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - Helicopter searches and airlifts will resume Tuesday after hundreds of stranded people were evacuated Monday. 

Ten military helicopters took off from Boulder Municipal Airport late Monday morning after being grounded most of the morning because of rain and clouds.

Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff says 19 helicopters are available for search-and-rescue operations.

Crews are searching for pockets of individuals still stranded from flooding that began late last week.

"I just want to make sure they don't forget about us up there," Robin Arellano said.

They did not forget about them. Seven Army helicopters went back to the far reaches of northern Boulder County, bringing hundreds more back safely to Boulder.

"When the big Chinooks started coming in, they were coming in to take us out," Penny Horton said.

"It was unbelievably bittersweet," Arellano said.

The National Guard has rescued 2,100 people - 60 from Jamestown and Big Elk Mountain Monday.

Night vision goggles will allow crews to continue their rescue efforts into the night.

Goff says helicopter crews on Sunday rescued 12 people before the weather halted the flights. Eighty more people were evacuated by ground.

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