By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - People in the St. Louis metropolitan area are assisting with evacuations and helping Colorado flood victims find food and shelter.
Members of the Missouri Task Force One loaded up Sunday morning and are already working out in Colorado.
Eighty members of Missouri Task Force One are in the Estes Park area, which is west of Loveland, Colo. The task force was activated Saturday night by Federal Emergency Management Agency and arrived late Sunday.
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Besides the 80 trained personnel, four disaster search canines and over 100,000 pounds of equipment have been sent as a part of the team.
One Red Cross volunteer has already left as well. Don Barkley of Fairview Heights will be a shelter manager helping feed the masses. He said judging from the pictures of the Colorado disaster hits close to home.
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"The flood we had of '93, with the lower below Missouri bottoms, but instead of farmlands though, it's home areas, streets yards, flash flooding, that's horrible anywhere," Barkley said.
The Red Cross in Colorado is asking for more mental health and healthcare volunteers. More Red Cross volunteers from our area are expected to head to Colorado.