Rain continues to fall in Colorado: 5 confirmed dead, 500 still unaccounted for

September 16, 2013COLORADOForecasters in Colorado are warning residents near Denver to brace for torrential overnight rains, as raging flood waters roar through the region and cloud cover hampers helicopter rescue efforts. Days of heavy rains and flooding have turned the state’s Rocky Mountain foothills into high risk zones, with dozens of washed out roads and bridges turning entire communities into disaster areas short on supplies and services. At least four people were known dead by late Sunday, with two others officially missing and presumed dead. Authorities say about 500 people were unaccounted for Sunday, while cautioning that some may be unable to communicate with loved ones while stranded and awaiting rescue. Rocky Mountain rescue management officials say as many as 1,000 people were awaiting rescue north of Denver, in an area that includes the hard-hit mountain community of Estes Park. But all airlifts were grounded Sunday because of new rains and poor visibility. Local news outlets say 50 bridges linking rural communities have been destroyed or damaged, and warn of a growing threat from mudslides and rockslides as roads crumble. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, speaking to reporters Saturday, said authorities were only beginning to understand the scope of the crisis. President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a major disaster zone and ordered federal help to boost state and local recovery efforts. Helicopters have plucked hundreds of people from inundated homes. One helicopter carrying Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on a tour of the region made two stops to pick up residents waving to be rescued on Saturday. -VOA
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9 Responses to Rain continues to fall in Colorado: 5 confirmed dead, 500 still unaccounted for

  1. Patty says:

    It is supposed to be sunny tomorrow. The situation is truly bad. In the Boulder area, some gas stations are running out of gasoline…The rail lines that run north/south must be checked thoroughly before any trains can come through. There are still people staying put in the mountains and are out of contact as some places have no electricity. They will eventually work their way down to the flatlands. The emergency people, police, and military have been wonderful. No one feels like we’re in a martial law place and so far – there’s been no reports of looting or other such travesties of human behaviors. Neighbors are making sure of their neighbors and that is good. Church was very, very comforting today and that is where we belong if we want comfort….Thanks for our lives, Lord!

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  2. julie says:

    Maybe people need to turn to God.

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  3. Irene C says:

    I was just listening to a part of a press conference in CO. The National Guard said that they have now rescued more people than they did after Katrina. And the death toll could still rise since there are so many areas they can’t get too. This is so horrible.

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  4. Nabarup Ganguly says:

    What a Pathetic Situation…… the masses are under the grab of Natural Disasters, there is a need for immediate rescue in Colorado as the helicopters are unable to help as a whole by the hindrance of cloud.

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  5. Dennis E. says:

    What a terrible mess that has occurred here. A lot has happened in this sate in the past two years.
    Perhaps the missing are those who left the area to go and stay with relatives.

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  6. Ryan says:

    It’s pretty crazy I’m in loveland & never thought anybody here would need flood insurance but luckily I’m north of all the major flooding! It’s gonna take a long while to rebuild now!

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  7. George says:

    The environmental problems are to become more concerning, this from enenews.com……….
    The Denver Post, Sept. 16, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): Colorado’s richest oil field — the Denver-Julesburg Basin — is buried in flood waters raising operational and environmental concerns [...] Thousands of wells and operating sites have been impacted [...] “The scale is unprecedented,” said Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. “We will have to deal with environmental contamination from whatever source.” The basin, one of the most promising onshore oil plays [...] The major public health risks will come from contaminated water and sediments, said Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, a Natural Resources Defense Council staff scientist. [...] There are more than 20,000 wells in the DJ-Basin and surrounding areas and 3,200 permits for open pits in Weld County, according to state data. [...]

    Irene Fortune, retired chemist who worked for British Petroleum now running Loveland City Council: “With the Texas gulf coast, they know in advance a hurricane is coming. To have something this inland, this level of flooding in an area with high oil and gas development, it’s new territory.”

    Reuters, Sept. 16, 2013: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said it was working with health authorities to assess environmental impacts. [...] Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said 21 inches (53 cm) of rain fell in parts of Boulder city, northwest of Denver, during the week-long deluge, nearly double the area’s average annual rainfall.

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  8. I believe even greater calamities are about to hit our nation. We must pray to God for forgiveness and protection for we are about to enter times of great sorrow like have never been seen before. I am praying for the victims of this tragedy and their extended family and friends.

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