National Guard airlift stranded Jamestown residents

Posted on: 3:46 pm, September 17, 2013, by , updated on: 09:45pm, September 17, 2013

JAMESTOWN, Colo. — The National Guard was out in full force in Jamestown Tuesday, capturing our first glimpse into a disaster zone.

Highways were turned to rivers. Others were collapsing under immense pressure. Homes and lives seemed caught beneath a massive, raging flood that leveled the entire town.

Further down the road, the runoff also tearing communities apart. Jamestown resident Randy Hines has had a hard time assessing the damage, both logistically and personal.

“I’m just in awe of the whole thing,” Hines said. “I know there are a lot of people who don’t have any power. I can’t wait to see what this town will eventually become, but I’m sure it will look a lot different than it did before.”

Now, the mission turns to rescuing those left behind.

More than 1,000 people have been rescued in Larimer County. About another 600 remain stranded.