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Steve LaMont took this photo in Estes Park.

Steve LaMont took this photo in Estes Park.

DENVER (AP) – Emergency officials say about 1,000 people in Larimer County are still awaiting rescue.

Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team commander Shane Del Grosso said Sunday that many people have made contact with requests for evacuations.

But rain has grounded airlifts and prevented supply drops. Del Grosso says rescuers are looking for ways to get into the isolated areas by ground, but a change in the weather is needed to get to all the people who need it.

The rain is forecast to continue into Sunday night.

County officials say 16 helicopters are on standby in case the weather clears. In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending two 80-person search-and-rescue teams to assist.

Hundreds more people are unaccounted for in Boulder County and other flood-affected areas.

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