Idaho Red Cross volunteers ready to help in Colorado floods

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho Red Cross volunteers are standing by, ready to answer the call for help in Colorado where flooding has forced many to rely on shelters for the basics.

Volunteer nurse Arlene Wilkinson of Boise flew to Colorado Monday. She said Tuesday it was a big chore to set up a shelter.

"The people here are mainly from a mobile home park that they had to evacuate," Wilkinson said, "and they're not sure when they're going to be able to go back in."

Wilkinson said assessing health needs has been her role, and she said she could be there up to ten days.

At least eight people have died in the floods and nearly 600 are still unaccounted for. About 19,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.