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Colorado floods: 11,700 evacuated, 18,000+ structures damaged/destroyed

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DENVER - Military helicopter crews are expanding their searches for people who are stranded with more rain expected to fall in flooded areas.

Here is a breakdown of the damage, according to the Office of Emergency Management:

Fatalities: 6

People "unaccounted" for: 708

People evacuated: 11,700

People in shelters: 1,872

Shelters open: 26 (in 15 counties)

Structures damaged: 17,494

Structures destroyed: 1,502

National Guard officials say most of the 1,750 people and 300 pets rescued as of Saturday night have been in Boulder and Larimer counties.

The airlifts could not resume Sunday because of the weather conditions, but rescues completed on the ground when possible.

Heavy rain pounded many areas already flooded throughout most of Sunday.

Between a half-inch and 2 inches are expected to fall in the area, creating the risk of flash flooding and mud slides.


Approximately 472 people are unaccounted for in Boulder County after the floods, according to the Office of Emergency Management.


The city and county of Broomfield were on accident alert Sunday due to flooding and dangerous road conditions. The accident alerts were called off Sunday night.


Estes Park agencies focused on saving lives and assessing conditions related to public safety and public resources on Sunday. Long-term recovery plans are already underway.


Downtown Evergreen is open, but numerous Evergreen schools will be closed on Monday.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory on behalf of the Town of Firestone due to the flooding. The Town of Firestone measured low chlorine residuals in the drinking water distribution system on Sept. 14.


City officials say Sunday's first light revealed extensive flooding in the city's signature Riverside Park but the rest of the city and most private property appeared to be spared.


Evacuations are underway in Greeley for people living near the Vera Gravel pits.

Residents living in the Linn Grove area, east of 8th street (WC 60 1/2) and South past E 24th St and Dilmont Ave were told to evacuate around 4 p.m. Sunday. Cedar Ave E to WCR 47.5 and E WCR 51 are also included.


The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says an 80-year-old woman was injured and not able to leave her home when the flood waters rose. When neighbors came to check on her, the house was gone. She is the second person presumed dead in the county because of the deadly floods.


The Logan County Office of Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation on Sunday for the towns of Merino and Atwood.

A shelter is in place at the Sterling Middle School. Pets will not be allowed at the shelter unless they are service animals. For further information call 522-8600.


Re-evacuation orders to the Greens (Twin Peaks Cir and Columbia Drive) Champion Greens (Doral Drive and Champion Circle) and the Valley neighborhood (Hayden Ct, Wade Rd. and Troxell Ave) went out Sunday.

There are mandatory evacuation in the area of McIntosh Lake due to imminent flooding. Please leave the area immediately. Residents on the north should evacuate north and east; residents on the south side should evacuate south and east. Again, flooding is imminent in your area; please leave immediately and move to higher ground. Please call 303-651-8595 if you need assistance or additional information.


A slow-moving band of rain showers that could drop an additional 2 to 3 inches in parts of Northern Colorado will make flood recovery work a soggy process on Monday as City crews work to keep roads open, mark hazards, assess flooded areas and prepare to serve flood victims.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has placed Left Hand Water District on a boil water advisory. No contamination has been detected, but the advisory has been put in place as a precaution to protect the public from any possible breach of the drinking water system.

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