More than a week after massive flooding cut off communities dotting Colorado mountainsides, searchers have located more than 1,100 people previously listed as unaccounted for and missing.
Airlifts gave way to door-to-door searches Wednesday for victims injured and killed in the flood-scarred Colorado foothills, as authorities began ramping down emergency operations and beginning the “long and arduous” recovery phase.
The search for people stranded from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado grew more difficult Sunday, with a new wave of rain threatening to hamper airlifts from the flooded areas still out of reach.
Colorado’s widespread flooding has led to hundreds of missing person reports, but officials say many of those people are calling in safe as phone service is slowly being restored and victims call the Red Cross to strike their names off the list.
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.
Red flag fire conditions in Larimer County have prompted county commissioners to vote on a county-wide open fire ban, but with the use and sale of fireworks in parts of the county still legal, some people are confused.
Authorities say two young adults are dead following a two-vehicle crash just west of Berthoud.
Someone is going on a spending spree with other people’s credit card accounts in Larimer County. There are more than 300 victims in the town of Loveland alone.