Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tweeted Saturday that his surveillance flight of flooded areas of the state was diverted for rescue operations:

Colorado Govs Flood Tour Helicopter Flight Diverted for Rescues; He Updates Pickups on Twitter

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Colorado Govs Flood Tour Helicopter Flight Diverted for Rescues; He Updates Pickups on Twitter

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And here’s a photo of Hickenlooper with “one of the stranded people we picked up along Highway 34 near Estes Park”:

Colorado Govs Flood Tour Helicopter Flight Diverted for Rescues; He Updates Pickups on Twitter

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Twitter responses were mostly positive:

Colorado Govs Flood Tour Helicopter Flight Diverted for Rescues; He Updates Pickups on Twitter

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One atypical observation:

Colorado Govs Flood Tour Helicopter Flight Diverted for Rescues; He Updates Pickups on Twitter

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According to CNN, the National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings and said 1.73 inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes at one spot in southeastern Denver. The weather service expected thunderstorms across the region Saturday evening and more rain at least through Sunday.