Gov. Matt Mead has activated five Wyoming National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to help evacuation efforts in flood-ravaged Colorado, the Wyoming Military Department said Saturday.

The UH-60s and 20 crew members were deployed from Cheyenne on Saturday afternoon to support a multi-agency response to the flooding, the department said in a news release.

Each helicopter crew consists of a medic, crew chief and two pilots. The UH-60s are part of the Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment with the Wyoming Army National Guard. The assistance will be provided until it is no longer needed, according to the news release.

Wyoming National Guard personnel were activated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact — a national mutual aid partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance.

"It is our pleasure to support our neighbors to the south during this natural disaster," said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general. "We will continue to stand ready to assist with any additional resources as the need arises."

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This is the kind of stuff these guys should be doing instead of going off to foreign misadventures. Fly safe.

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