'The helicopters -- those were the best'
Ten-year-old Luca Voeller was on a fifth-grade field trip to a camp at a high elevation when the flood began. The floodwaters blocked the road to the camp, trapped 78 students and their teachers.
Teachers were hatching a plan to hike across several miles when National Guard helicopters arrived Saturday.
"The helicopters - those were the best," he said.
All the choppers were grounded by rain Sunday. But only scattered showers are expected Monday, and then no rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the week.
"If we get that window of opportunity, which it sounds like we might get, we have the horsepower to hit it hard," federal incident commander Shane Del Grosso said.
Authorities Sunday issued instructions to stranded residents via news and social media how to flag down one of those helicopters.
"Wave a sheet, put a sheet on the roof, fire off flares, even use a small fire so we can see the smoke," said Ben Pennymon, spokesman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management.
He also recommended using a mirror to reflect sunlight.
"And we're asking people to be ready to go," Pennymon said.
Medicine, clothes any other critical items should be in "go bag," he said.
Off the field, into the kitchen
The University of Colorado's football players, whose home game against Fresno State was canceled Saturday, instead served lunch to about 800 evacuees.
The food had been delivered to the stadium for the canceled game, and university officials didn't want it to go to waste.
Many of the recipients had been displaced from student housing, the university's athletic department website reported.
"Tragedies like this can make you feel really separated from the rest of the world," said Sarah Stith, a resident manager of a school apartment complex. "And it's things like this that just make you realize what a great community we have."
Students from several school athletic teams dished out food, cleaned tables and entertained children by signing autographs and taking photos.
Wide receiver D.D Goodson said the water was waist-high in his own room.
"I lost my sofa, my television and some of my shoes and other necessities. It's nice to help these evacuees because I know what they are going through," Goodson said.