1.2K Missing as Colo. Deluge Continues
Helicopters, horses prepare for rescue missions
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
A local woman walks in an evacuated neighborhood where many homes are inundated with water from overflowing canals after days of flash floods and intense rain, in Hygiene, Colo., Sept. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Officials are pulling out all the stops to help Coloradans escape continuing floods, but "Mother Nature is not cooperating," says an emergency commander. An air rescue is planned for today, and those stranded in Boulder County have been instructed to "flag down the choppers in any way they can," whether by sending up flares, shining mirrors, or waving white sheets, the Boulder Daily Camera reports. With helicopters grounded in Larimer County, meanwhile, officials there have turned to horses for help. A horse pack train may today carry supplies to some 1,000 people who need evacuation, the Denver Post reports. The paper says six people have now died.

Of roads out of Boulder and Loveland, the emergency commander says, "it's going to take months to restore those roads to their original condition. A lot of the road bed is gone and it's a stream bed now." The state has seen 1,500 homes destroyed and 17,500 damaged; 11,700 people have been ordered evacuated, while 1,253 are still unaccounted for, say officials, per the AP. Fortunately, "More people are reporting in and saying 'Here I am' than are reporting someone missing," says the Larimer sheriff's office. Some towns are beginning the cleanup and reopening process, with shopkeepers trying to save what they can, the AP notes. But more rain is expected today.

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LiberalLove
Sep 17, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
Pilots are reportedly charging for rescues: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9cf_1379295646 Not my video. Unknown where or when it was taken. Just passing it on.
Estrus
Sep 16, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
I know people in Colorado, I live in California, I get from them, Im sure glad I dont live in California with all those earthquakes..I never been in one. I explain every place has their draw backs, fortunately Colorado has extreme weather conditions, they also have a major fault line running through Golden which is past due for a major quake and with all this rain it just might happen, "lube up the good ole plates with water so it has some give....IMO"
BrushMan
Sep 16, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
Some firefighters went in on roads which were deteriorating and got trapped themselves! You would not believe the pictures showing the degree of devastation. Much of the mountain roadbeds were underlain by large rocks and boulders, which have themselves been washed away. The open space a few miles from my home has a series of abandoned reservoirs, which are filling for the first time in fifty years. The old roads and some of the trails are washed away as well. People are getting water in their basements from seepage through foundations and flooded window wells. The major north-south boulevard in Co. Springs was flooded yesterday, God only knows how many houses had water flowing through them.