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National Guard evacuates flood victims

Updated 7:45 AM ET, Sun September 15, 2013
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Members of the Colorado National Guard help Boulder County authorities evacuate residents of Lyons, Colorado, to Longmont, Colorado, on Friday, September 13. Flooding has hit the area hard, washing out roads, damaging bridges and destroying homes. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
The guardsmen are using Light Medium Tactical Vehicles, or LMTVs, which can transport about 16 people with luggage, to assist the evacuation. The LMTVs can navigate through rubble and flooded areas that otherwise could not be reached by rescue personnel. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
Dick and LaRue Vodime, temporary residents of Lyons, witness some of the destruction from the floods as they are evacuated to Longmont on September 13. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. David Wilson carries Ezra Villa while escorting Thomas Walter and Melinda Villa to the flood evacuation area in Lyons on September 13. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
Residents ride in the back of an LMTV while being evacuated to Longmont on September 13. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
A Colorado Army National Guard helicopter takes off from the the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colorado, on September 13. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
Guardsmen help residents and their pets off a Colorado National Guard Chinook helicopter at the Boulder Municipal Airport on September 13. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Gaurd
Colorado National Guardsmen assist residents in unincorporated areas of Boulder County, Colorado. Residents were evacuating the area on Thursday, September 12. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
The guardsmen brought in high-clearance vehicles to take people out of the flooded areas. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
People, as well as pets, were loaded onto National Guard vehicles. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
The rains sent virtually every waterway in Boulder County coursing out of its banks, and massive water flows washed away roads and bridges, flooded homes and stressed numerous other bridges. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
Authorities reported between 25 and 30 roads were closed as of Thursday afternoon in Boulder County. Some of them had been washed out entirely. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard
Friday's forecast calls for three more days of rain for the area. Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/Army National Guard