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NE Task Force 1 helps find flood victims

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Posted By: Camila Orti

Video courtesy of The Denver Post.

Nearly 80 Nebraskans are still in Colorado; they're part of a task force risking their lives to help find flood victims.

Capt. Lloyd Eddie Mueller, a Lincoln firefighter, is one of those crew members spending some time away from home as part of Nebraska Task Force 1. This was one of five urban search and rescue teams deployed after flash floods devastated the northeastern part of the state.

"I'm very proud of him, I worry about him a lot, but I'm very proud of him," mother Ginny Mueller said.

Mueller's parents say they haven't had much contact with him since he left last Friday with more than 70 other firefighters, paramedics and engineers.

"They're just busy all the time, and when they're not busy they're resting, sleeping and trying to eat," Ginny said.

Lincoln Fire Chief John Huff says the task force works from sun up to sun down searching houses and buildings for any remaining residents.

It's dangerous work, work that requires crew members to wade through fast–moving flood waters to enter buildings in danger of collapsing.

"You try not to worry about it, and stay proud," father Lloyd Mueller said.

State emergency officials say the floods have killed six people, while just over 300 are still missing. It's Nebraska Task Force 1's job, and Eddie Mueller's, to help find them.

"If they're here, if they fall in, it's going to become a rescue scenario for us and we're going to have to be going in after them," Capt. Mueller told The Denver Post.

Lincoln fire officials say everyone in the task force is doing well, and nobody has been seriously hurt. Chief Huff says he thinks the Nebraska crew members should be home by the end of the month. Due to the exhausting nature of the work, task forces in Colorado will be rotated out after about ten days.

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