Take a moment and imagine the life-affirming joy a parent might feel when they see their child after a long separation. Now, take a deep breath, and think about what you might feel like if you were separated from your child during a natural disaster, not knowing if they were safe.
That's just a taste of what a group of Louisville, Colo., parents felt last weekend when they were reunited with their fifth-graders who were stranded during the floods.
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Eighty-five students from Fireside Elementary School and the 14 adults accompanying them were on a camping trip at CalWood Education Center in Jamestown last Thursday when the rains that have been ravaging Colorado intensified, NBC reports.
According to Boulder's Daily Camera news site, the group was instructed to remain at the education center when flood waters filled the surrounding roads and made travel unsafe. They remained in Jamestown, cut off from their families, for four days.
On Saturday, National Guard helicopters arrived and airlifted the crew to Boulder's airport. They were then transported back to Fireside Elementary in Louisville where they were reunited with their families.
"We have a lot of cheering parents," Briggs Gamblin, a spokesman for the Boulder Valley School District, told NBC.
While these heartwarming scenes are giving us hope, more than a thousand Coloradoans still remain unaccounted for. According to ABC, the National Guard has mounted the most extensive airlift rescue efforts since Hurricane Katrina to bring all the victims to safety as quickly as possible.
H/T: New York Daily News