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Air Support Slowly Switches From Rescues To Damage Assessment

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Rescue crews were back in the air in Boulder County on Tuesday and the blue skies helped them get a clear handle on who still needs in help and in which areas.

Helicopters have been taking off from Boulder Municipal Airport all day. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that on Monday they made great progress, rescuing 200 people by air in Boulder County, another 11 on the ground, but also said there are 183 people still unaccounted for, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are missing.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office says that most people who wanted or needed to be rescued already have been. That meant that Tuesday’s focus wasn’t necessarily on rescues as much as it is on looking at the flooded areas to get a better idea of the damage and resources they need.

“We will continue with those evacuations, but the other thing is … we’re starting to turn the corner and doing a really significant amount of assessment work, which helps the city and county of Boulder kind of get the kind of information to the state they’ll will need for the FEMA declaration that has been done,” USFS Incident Commander Dan Dallas said.

The city of Boulder is no longer on an active rescue status.

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