Fears of Massive Flood Death Toll Decrease
KREX News Room
DENVER (AP) Fears of a massive death toll on the Front Range are decreasing, days after historic flooding ravaged the region.
At the height of Colorado flooding, the number of people unaccounted for topped 1,200, and fears grew of a massive death toll.
Those concerns have largely decreased, with seven confirmed fatalities, three missing and 82 people unaccounted for Friday.
That leaves the question, how did the number get so high? Officials in the Rocky Mountain Foothills compiled the lists based on the reports of relatives, friends and evacuees.
Searchers consolidated lists, crossed off duplicates, cross-checked evacuees, made contact with people refusing to leave and are going door-to-door for the rest.
They expect the search to become increasingly difficult.