Big Thompson River
A Larimer County official says an 80-year-old woman is missing and presumed dead after her home was washed away by the Big Thompson River.
As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.
Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz says the home was in the Cedar Cove area, right above an area called the Narrows.
A search and rescue veteran in Left Hand Canyon had to scramble up a tree to survive the flood waters.
People could get out of Estes Park but couldn’t get back in on Friday. The infrastructure in town is devastated.
Authorities in Larimer County are battling rising waters and have evacuations in place in many areas including the city of Fort Collins.
Some of the worst flooding has been along the Big Thompson River west of Loveland. One man documented his escape from the potentially deadly flooding.
The Big Thompson River has flooded Estes Park, forcing evacuations and businesses to close.
After seven months, and many feet of snow in Rocky Mountain National Park, wildland firefighters still cannot say the Fern Lake fire is out.
Authorities say the body of a woman has been recovered from the north fork of the Big Thompson River in northern Colorado.