Colorado Floods Leave Damage

Posted: Sep 15, 2013 11:29 AM by The Associated Press
Updated: Sep 15, 2013 3:59 PM

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DENVER, COLO. - Officials in Colorado say an 80-year-old woman is missing and presumed dead after her home was washed away by the Big Thompson River.

A sheriff's spokesman in Larimer County says the woman was injured and unable to leave her home. When nearby residents arrived to help, they found the house gone. She is the second woman presumed dead from the Cedar Cove area after the river rose Friday night.

Guard officials say as of last night, 1,750 people and 300 pets have been rescued either by air or on the ground. The number of total confirmed fatalities from the flooding in Colorado stands at four but is expected to rise.

So far the effort has been focused on Boulder and Larimer counties. If the weather permits, crews plan to expand the search area today to Longmont, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan and Weld County.

Helicopter crews are planning to expand their searches today for people stranded by flooding in Colorado. But those plans could be hampered by more rain.

The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain could fall today, creating a risk of more flooding and mudslides.

Rescuers have been making progress reaching communities cut off by flooding, but many canyon roads are still either underwater or washed out. And authorities say they don't have an estimate of how many people are still stranded.

In the hard-hit town of Lyons, rescuers are holding their breath because the only bridge into the town is beginning to crumble.

The National Guard plans to resume airlifts today with help from additional crews from Wyoming.

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