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Colorado floods: 350 unaccounted people in Larimer County floods

10:49 PM, Sep 14, 2013   |    comments
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LARIMER COUNTY -The Larimer County Sheriff's Office reported 350 people unaccounted for as of Saturday evening.

One woman is dead according to emergency officials Saturday afternoon.

Witnesses saw the 60-year-old woman in the Big Thompson River but they were unable to get to her to rescue her. According to rescue workers, her home was ripped apart by flood waters around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Emergency officials said they expect more injuries and fatalities as they continue to search the flood waters.

There are more than 1,300 people who still need to be rescued in the Pinewood Springs and Big Elk Meadows areas.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith took an aerial tour of the flood damage on Friday. Smith said he was surprised to see the Poudre Canyon area looked not as damaged.

The National Guard is providing seven helicopters Saturday to help with evacuations and bring in emergency personnel to areas needed.  There are 128 people being evacuated from Big Elk Meadows and 1,200 people from Pinewood Springs.

Shelters have been set up in the following areas:

  • Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland - 800 S. Taft Avenue
  • Lyons Elementary School in Lyons - North of High Street on 4th
  • Pinewood Springs Fire Department in Lyons - 61 Kiowa Road
  • Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park - Highway 7 at Peak View Drive
  • Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins - 1118 Miramont Drive
  • Timberline Church in Fort Collins - 2908 South Timberline Road
An investigations team has been established to start tracking confirmed reports of missing people. To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, call 970-498-5500.


Smith took photos of the flood damage during his aerial tour: http://on.fb.me/1azIG9O.

Information regarding road closures and construction delays is now available on the Virtual Courthouse home page at http://larimer.org/roads/road_closures.cfm.

For a complete list of road closures State wide, a web page has been set up at: www.coloradodot.info/travel/colorado-flood-highway-updates.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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