Colorado floods: At least 4 dead

At least four people have been killed and hundreds are still unaccounted for as rescue workers battle to reach residents cut off by flooding in Colorado in central US.

Hundreds of people stranded by Colorado floods

A flood-affected area of northern Colorado along the Big Thompson River. Credit: US Air National Guard

The death toll from historic flooding in eastern Colorado stands at four and will likely increase, authorities said, as rescuers struggled to reach hundreds of people stranded or displaced by fierce floodwaters.

At least four people are confirmed dead after six days of rain that flooded an area nearly the size of Devon and destroyed 1,500 homes, according to Colorado's Office of Emergency Management officials.

Rainfall threatens to hamper Colorado rescue efforts

The search for people stranded from the Rocky Mountain foothills to the plains of northeastern Colorado has grown more difficult as a new wave of rain threatens to hamper efforts.

An aerial view of vehicles submerged in flood waters near Greenley, Colorado.
An aerial view of vehicles submerged in flood waters near Greenley, Colorado. Credit: REUTERS/John Wark

More than 1,750 people and 300 pets have already been rescued from communities swamped by overflowing rivers and streams.

An aerial view of mobile homes submerged in flood waters near Greenley, Colorado.
An aerial view of mobile homes submerged in flood waters near Greenley, Colorado. Credit: REUTERS/John Wark

Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff said today, "It will affect our air operations if it keeps raining. We'll look at ground operations of any other courses of action."

The floodwaters in Boulder, Colorado, are continuing to rise.
The floodwaters in Boulder, Colorado, are continuing to rise. Credit: REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said 482 people are still unaccounted for in that county alone.

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Sixth person feared dead amid Colorado flooding

An 80-year-old woman has been confirmed as missing, presumed dead, following devastating floods in Colorado, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said.

The elderly woman is one of two people presumed dead after their homes were destroyed by the flood waters.

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Investigators have confirmed a 2nd missing, presumed dead. 80-year-old woman from Cedar Cove, injured and in house when destroyed.

Threat of further flooding in Colorado

Officials said there is a risk of further flash flooding in Colorado as residents attempt to recover from the worst floods to hit the state for almost 40 years.

More downpours are forecast on Sunday following five days of unprecedented rainfall that has destroyed homes and washed out bridges and roads.

A destroyed house lies on the banks of the James Creek, Jamestown Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A street in Jamestown is covered with several feet of mud. Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A Jamestown resident tries to shore up his fence near a stuck fire truck. Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Over 500 people unaccounted for after Colorado floods

Officials have said that more than 500 people are unaccounted for after floods hit Colorado, according to NBC News.

Authorities stressed however, that those numbers could rise or fall since communications were so poor in the area. Those people are not necessarily considered missing, officials said.

A resident walks down the flood-destroyed Main Street in Jamestown, Colorado. Credit: Reuters

"We are assuming there may be further loss of life and injuries," Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said. "Given the devastation on some of those canyons, it's definitely a high probability."

A flood-destroyed car lies submerged in mud and debris in Jamestown Credit: Reuters
A destroyed house with one of its walls still clinging on Credit: Reuters

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350 unaccounted for after Colorado flash floods

Around 350 people are unaccounted for following severe flooding in Colorado, the Larimer County Sheriff Office has reported.

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Our victim advocates report we are at 475 people evacuated now. All evacuees going to Timberline Church in Fort Collins.

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We now have about 350 unaccounted people reported to us. Call 970-498-5500 to report an unaccounted person.

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