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Lincoln, NE-- Eighty members of Nebraska Task Force 1 left early Friday morning to help with search and rescue efforts in Colorado.
The task force is comprised of firefighters from both Lincoln and Omaha Fire Departments, as well as civilians members in specialty areas. The group deployed to Boulder includes canine teams and personnel trained in water rescue. The Colorado team and a team from Utah also were activated.
"It's a group of highly trained, highly committed public safety personnel that are going to be out there and do whatever they're assigned," said Lincoln public safety director Tom Casady.
The city has been hit hard by flooding. They got up to 8 inches of rain on Thursday and expect even more rain on Friday.
Massive flooding has washed out roads, closed schools and caused a lot of damage.
Three deaths are blamed on the rain.
Casady says this deployment is a little bit different because of the type of emergency.
"Heavy rain, heavy winds so unlike the deployment to the Gulf Coast after Katrina this is still in progress, it's still quite dynamic."
This time the task force will arrive in the midst of the disaster.
"In a flash flood scenario like this, we're actually going to be there when the flash flood risk is still going on," said Casady.
Nebraska Task Force 1 left around 6 a.m. on Friday to travel the 502 miles to Boulder and are prepared to remain for 10 to 14 days.
They have previously been deployed to help following the 9/11 terror attacks, Hurriane Katrina and the EF-5 tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas.
NETF1 was last deployed to respond to the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma in May.
Boulder officials say they're grateful for Nebraska's aid. City of Boulder Communication Specialist, Andrew Barth said, "This is such a large spread out area of the storm. It is from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs so it's not like we can get mutual aid to from our neighboring communities like would be normal. So we are totally relying on help from state-wide and other states so having a team from Nebraska here is just unbelievably helpful and we are so thankful."