CREATED Sep. 16, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Southern Arizona Red Cross disaster responder is now in Colorado, joining volunteers from across the country who are helping with relief efforts.
Pat Eger has been in hurricane, tornado and flooding disaster zones. The unprecedented Colorado flooding stretches across 200 miles in parts of 15 counties.
Before boarding her flight to Denver Monday morning, Eger told 9 On Your Side she's not sure what to expect because rescue efforts are ongoing.
Eger will work with families directly impacted by the historic floods, she said, including some who have lost everything and are staying in Red Cross shelters.
"I say very little to them, I let them talk," Eger said. "I let them tell their story to me. I let them tell me what their needs are and then I find a way to meet those needs."
As of Monday morning, Colorado officials said 1,300 people are still unaccounted for, many presumed stranded because of the flooding.
With clear skies in the forecast Monday, a major air rescue operation is scheduled. More rain on Sunday temporarily grounded rescue efforts.
If you are worried about loved ones in the flood zone, Eger said to check the "Safe and Well" section of the Red Cross website.
Over the next few days, Eger said she anticipates more Southern Arizona Red Cross volunteers will join her in Colorado.