(CBS4) – The head of the Larimer County Commission has made a disaster emergency declaration following flash flooding in Poudre Canyon on Tuesday. Destructive debris flows in the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar led to the flooding that killed at least one person and destroyed five homes. Three people remain missing and the search for them has resumed. All four of those people are from one home along Black Hollow Drive west of Rustic.
The disaster declaration provides quick access to local, state and federal resources.
Assessments are still being done on structures and bridges affected by the destructive debris flows from the burn scar that moved down Black Hollow Creek and into the Cache la Poudre River.
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The full county commission will consider the disaster declaration for ratification next Tuesday.
So far the names of the deceased and the missing haven’t been released.
Highway 14 is open again for traffic, but there are delays in areas where cranes are working to remove debris. The Cache la Poudre River is closed to all recreation.