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Local Red Cross volunteers dispatched to Colorado
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - At this hour, 7 West Michigan Red Cross volunteers are helping with relief efforts in Colorado.
Those deployed are from Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon.
They will be providing food, shelter, and comfort to thousands of people forced from their homes after last week's devastating flash floods.
8 people are confirmed dead due to the extreme conditions.
Hundreds more are unaccounted for, and as many as 1,000 are waiting to be evacuated.
Monday night, Newschannel 3 spoke with Mike Mitchell, the Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Red Cross of West Michigan.
He's helping set up satellite systems in Colorado to help the organization mobilize volunteers as well as help flood victims get in touch with loved ones to let them know they're all right.
"It's overwhelming, the amount of people that have been affected by this; the amount of infrastructure that's been destroyed," Mitchell said. "Last count I heard was 30, the number of bridges that have been destroyed, and I understand it will just get larger, so the infrastructure; it's gonna take a long time to rebuild that infrastructure."
The Red Cross rates disasters on a scale from 1 to 7, and Mitchell says this flooding is a 7.
Colorado's Governor says it could take more than a year to rebuild.
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