Thursday, September 19, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: The Break In Rains Help Colorado Flood Rescue Efforts - Death Toll Now At 7; About 400 Missing; Scores Of Homes, Bridges And Roads Washed Away!

September 16, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The death toll from the massive flooding along Colorado's Front Range grew to seven Monday as search-and-rescue operations intensified and the storms that have pummeled the state for a week began to subside.

A house in the path of the recent floods is destroyed in Jamestown, Colo.(Photo: Helen H. Richardson, AP)

State emergency officials did not release names or details about the latest victims. Three deaths were confirmed in Boulder County and two in El Paso County, and two are presumed dead in Larimer County.

Hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, but the state's earlier estimate of more than 1,250 missing was expected to be significantly lowered after Larimer County officials reported about 400 missing, down from earlier state estimates of about 1,000. Exact numbers remain elusive, since many residents live in isolated or hard-to-reach mountain communities where scores of bridges and roads have been washed out and telephone, cellphone and Internet service has been disrupted for several days.

The National Weather Service expected warmer, drier conditions in the state Monday with rain ending at night. Yet officials warned there is still potential for flash flooding in and near saturated foothills late Monday afternoon into early evening, as lingering air moisture combined with warmer temperatures could cause scattered thunderstorms.

Joey Schendel searches for submerged items while helping neighbors clean their property in a flooded area
on Sept. 16 in Hygeine, Colo.  Brennan Linsley, AP

Flood victims are helped off of a military helicopter.  Ed Andrieski, AP


More than 1,200 people were rescued by vehicles and helicopters Saturday, but 16 rescue helicopters were grounded Sunday after some parts of flooded areas got up to 4 inches of new rain. After seven straight days of rain, some regions have gotten up to 20 inches of rainfall, as much as falls in a typical year.

Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff says 19 helicopters are available for search-and-rescue. The air rescue operation is already one of the nation's largest since Hurricane Katrina, but has been hampered by steady rains and foggy conditions. As the weather breaks, officials urged those unable to communicate by phone to signal helicopters with sheets, mirrors, flares and signal fires.

The death toll from the massive flooding along Colorado's Front Range grew to seven Monday as search-and-rescue operations intensified and the storms that have pummeled the state for a week began to subside.

State emergency officials did not release names or details about the latest victims. Three deaths were confirmed in Boulder County and two in El Paso County, and two are presumed dead in Larimer County.

Mike Steinpach shovels mud from the basement of Stan McDonald's house after heavy flooding on
Sept. 15 in Longmont, Colo.  Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post, via AP

A truck rests next to a washed out railroad track in the Champion Greens neighborhood in
Longmont.  Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post, via AP


Hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, but the state's earlier estimate of more than 1,250 missing was expected to be significantly lowered after Larimer County officials reported about 400 missing, down from earlier state estimates of about 1,000. Exact numbers remain elusive, since many residents live in isolated or hard-to-reach mountain communities where scores of bridges and roads have been washed out and telephone, cellphone and Internet service has been disrupted for several days.

The National Weather Service expected warmer, drier conditions in the state Monday with rain ending at night. Yet officials warned there is still potential for flash flooding in and near saturated foothills late Monday afternoon into early evening, as lingering air moisture combined with warmer temperatures could cause scattered thunderstorms.

 WATCH: Flooding in Larimer County.



More than 1,200 people were rescued by vehicles and helicopters Saturday, but 16 rescue helicopters were grounded Sunday after some parts of flooded areas got up to 4 inches of new rain. After seven straight days of rain, some regions have gotten up to 20 inches of rainfall, as much as falls in a typical year.

Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff says 19 helicopters are available for search-and-rescue. The air rescue operation is already one of the nation's largest since Hurricane Katrina, but has been hampered by steady rains and foggy conditions. As the weather breaks, officials urged those unable to communicate by phone to signal helicopters with sheets, mirrors, flares and signal fires. - USA Today.

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