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Lansing Woman Heads To Colorado To Aid In Flood Recovery

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BOULDER, Colo. (WLNS) – Rescuers in Colorado are getting their first look at the extent of the damage caused by massive flooding last week. At least eight people are dead and more than 600 are still missing. Now several states are joining in on the search and rescue, including Michigan.

A Lansing woman is heading to Colorado Tuesday straight into what's called "Disaster Zone." She says she is "very nervous, but excited too, but very nervous," said Katie Rowley, Ameri-Crop and Red Cross Volunteer.

These are just some of the emotions before Rowley's flight left Lansing Tuesday afternoon. Rowley, along with three other Michiganders are flying to Colorado to focus their efforts on aiding with relief.

"What we're basically focusing on is the sheltering. Making sure everybody has a place to stay. And um feeding making sure everybody has something to eat, that they have all the recover tools that they may need."

The Lansing volunteer will spend up to three weeks in Colorado and prepared by bringing the basics, towels, a cell phone and sweatshirts to keep warm. Rowley's most important piece of luggage is her backpack that holds her computer, which she is bringing with to help tell the story.

"So I will be telling the Red Cross story. Talking to people about, getting the message out about services and where people can find those."

For Rowley this is a national assignment of a lifetime, received within minutes.

"I had just talked to our deployment person before about a half an hour before he had come back and told me that he had signed me up to go. So I was kind of shocked that it turned around so quickly."

This is Rowley's first national deployment and she says she could not imagine aiding anywhere else.

"I feel very privileged that I have the opportunity to do that. Especially for someone who has just experienced a disaster. Something as devastating as a flood which does much more damage than you would realize," said Rowley.

Though she will not be able to bring back the homes of the Colorado residents affected by the flood, Rowley says she is looking forward to aiding in relief in any way possible.

The Red Cross rates disasters on a scale from 1 to 7, and says the flooding in Colorado has reached a 7. Colorado's Governor says it could take more than a year to rebuild due to the extensive damage.

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