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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.
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.
More than 1,750 people and 300 pets have already been rescued from communities swamped by overflowing rivers and streams.
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 Larimer County Sheriff's Office said 482 people are still unaccounted for in that county alone.
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.
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.
More than 1,750 people and 475 pets have been evacuated, the Larimer Sheriff County Office has said, after severe floods hit Colorado.
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.
"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."
The Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper has declared a disaster emergency in 14 counties while residents continue to wade through flooded streets, carrying pets and personal belongings to higher ground.
Mr Hickenlooper said that the floods had shattered roads and bridges throughout the affected areas.
Local authorities have said that more than 1,200 citizens have been rescued today after severe floods hit Colorado.
Around 350 people are unaccounted for following severe flooding in Colorado, the Larimer County Sheriff Office has reported.
A fifth person is feared dead and more than 200 unaccounted for after flash floods hit the American state of Colorado.
As rescue teams attempt to help those trapped, entire neighbourhoods have been washed away.
ITV News’ Ben Chapman reports: