On Friday, local emergency responders used Utah Transit Authority vehicles to help them respond to devastating flooding in Colorado.
More than 80 members of the Utah Urban Search and Rescue team drove from Salt Lake City to the flood-ravaged state in seven UTA vans. The 11 and 12-passenger vans are typically used for UTA’s vanpool program.
UTA Special Services General Manager Cherryl Beveridge said the call to have the vans ready came before dawn on Sept. 13.
“The search and rescue team’s goal was to have them on the road by 6 a.m. We met that goal and had them in vehicles within 90 minutes,” she said
The Utah Urban Search and Rescue team consists of firefighters and paramedics from the Unified Fire Authority, the Salt Lake City Fire Department and the Park City Fire District. The team is assisting in rescue and evacuation efforts throughout the affected region. Over the last week, Colorado has had more than 16 inches of rain, causing widespread flooding and destroying more than 1,500 homes.