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Number Of Those Unaccounted For In Colorado Flooding Drops To 0

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LOVELAND, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – The list of people unaccounted for from the Colorado flooding had hundreds of names on it at one point, but it has now dropped to zero.

One person is missing and presumed dead, officials in Larimer County said Tuesday, and the number of confirmed dead remained at eight.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said several people who had been on the unaccounted for list called authorities after their names were made public on Monday.

“That was the intent, right?” sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said.

The floods, which started in earnest on Sept. 12, caused damage across nearly 2,000 square miles. Nearly 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed along with more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges.

No official estimate has been released on the cost of the floods.

Vice President Joe Biden flew over some of the damage on Monday and promised that federal aid won’t stop even if the federal government shuts down.

“I promise you, I promise you, there will be help,” he said after his tour in an Army Black Hawk helicopter.

The floods are also blamed for spills of about 27,000 gallons of oil in northern Colorado oil fields, including two mishaps found over the weekend, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said.

The commission said it is tracking eight notable leaks, 10 other locations with some evidence of leaks, and 33 places where oilfield equipment appears damaged but no evidence of spills has been spotted. About 1,300 oil and gas wells remain shut down.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Kersey area in northeastern Colorado, saying water from recent rain will continue to move down the South Platte River on Tuesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had approved $22.1 million in individual assistance, most of it to help people to repair homes or find temporarily rentals. More than 15,600 people have applied for FEMA relief.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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