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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