MADISON (WKOW) -- Help is on the way to flood ravaged Colorado from Madison. Diana O'Neill and Brenda Haney are among 17 people deployed from our region of Wisconsin to join the recovery effort.
"We like to be where people need help and these people need help," O'Neill says. The women have more than 60 years of law enforcement experience between the two of them.
"You have to be mentally prepared, knowing that this is going to be bad when you step into it," Haney says.
A the water finally recedes, rescues are still underway. The Associated Press reports more than 7,200 homes and businesses are damages in Larimer of Boulder counties, the hardest-hit areas.
"It's just in such upheaval right now. No one really knows what's going on and how to really help the people," O'Neill says.
This isn't the first time both women have responded to natural disasters. They were deployed after Superstorm Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes.
"We're good support for each other 'cause we've both been in law enforcement for so long and we've seen a lot of stuff, and we've done a lot of stuff, and were able to like -- it's almost like being partners -- where you just kind of read each others minds and know what you're thinking and what you're gonna do," O'Neill says.
They'll be touring flood affected areas, documenting what they see and passing that information along to other agencies.
"I think they're in need of finding where all this damage is, how severe it is and trying to get the resources and what people will need to get back on their feet," Haney says.
Red Cross volunteers usually spend at least two weeks in the disaster zone locations. O'Neill and Haney learned their assignment Tuesday night and boarded a plane Wednesday.
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