1,253 People Unaccounted For After Historic Flooding
KREX News Room
LONGMONT, Colo. Bad weather has hampered search and rescue efforts on the Front Range. The National Guard has rescued about 2,000 people, some by helicopter, in what it calls one of the biggest aerial operations since Katrina.
According to KCNC, 1,253 people are still unaccounted for. On Monday a major air rescue is planned for stranded residents on the Front Range.
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management estimates flooding damaged more than 17,000 homes and destroyed about 15,000 others.
Flood waters have cutoff entire Rocky Mountain Foothill communities.
Sunday’s bad weather grounded helicopters used to rescue stranded people. However, National Guard troops still brought people to safety by land.
Rescue crews say that as they get into towns they haven’t been able to reach, and as cell phone service is restored, the number of missing people is expected to drop dramatically.
However, officials do warn they expect the death toll to rise. Four people are confirmed dead and two more are presumed dead after their homes were washed away. A 19-year-old couple died in Boulder after they escaped their car that was trapped in flood waters.