Dozens Missing in Colorado

Police hope they're just of out contact, not injured or worse

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 14, 2013 12:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding accelerated today as rivers became muddy seas that extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Although the number of confirmed deaths stood at four, authorities feared more bodies could turn up in areas that remain inaccessible. More than 170 people were unaccounted for in Boulder County, but that number could include people who are still stranded or who escaped but have not made contact yet.

Helicopters and hundreds of National Guard troops searched miles of mountainous terrain for people as food and water supplies ran low in remote communities cut off since Thursday. Thousands were being driven from their homes in convoys. Floodwaters have affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, and more rain is in the forecast through tomorrow. One bit of good news: Two stranded hikers made it to safety.

Homes in residential neighborhood in Longmont, Colo., are submerged.   (AP Photo/John Wark)
This aerial photo shows a business near Greeley, Colo.   (AP Photo/Colorado Heli-Ops, Dennis Pierce)
Colin Dinsmore of Summit County Rescue carries a dog on his shoulder to safety in Boulder.   (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)
Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail in Colorado Springs.   (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)
Water ravages Highway 34 near Estes, Colo.   (AP Photo/Colorado Heli-Ops, Dennis Pierce)
This aerial photo shows a populated area near Longmont, Colo., being overrun by water.   (AP Photo/Colorado Heli-Ops, Dennis Pierce)
This photo provided by Earth Vision Trust shows the destruction on Gold Run Creek north of Boulder.   (AP Photo/Earth Vision Trust, Matthew Kennedy)
Water rushes through a destroyed home as resident Holly Rob, center, and her neighbor Pam Bowers salvage belongings in Lyons.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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