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Approximately 235 unaccounted for in Boulder County

9:52 PM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER COUNTY - Approximately 235 people are unaccounted for in Boulder County after the floods, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

Five teams are on the ground in Boulder County searching for those needing rescue. Emergency crews are asking those who may have self-evacuated to call the center to report they are OK.

On Monday, officials expect the weather will be clear enough to allow emergency personnel to continue rescue efforts by helicopter. Residents who are in the impacted flood areas and need to be evacuated by air can signal helicopters passing overhead by:
- Waving a large, light colored cloth or sheet
- Placing a large, light colored cloth or sheet on the roof of the house
- Waving flares
- Using mirrors to reflect/flash sunlight
- Lighting safe/controlled signal fires
- Residents are being asked to have a "go-bag" prepared to take with them that contains any medications, clothes and/or other necessary items

Residents should stand a safe distance away from where the helicopter will be landing. Rescue personnel will signal residents when it is safe to approach the aircraft.

Rainfall amounts in the last five days in Boulder County exceeded annual precipitation amounts. More rain showers are expected throughout Boulder through Sunday night.

The Office of Emergency Management reports 277 people are staying in shelters in Boulder County and approximately 60 to 70 will need long-term shelter. The Red Cross shelter in Boulder is located at the YMCA Boulder Valley, 2850 Mapleton Ave. in Boulder.

The University of Colorado Boulder campus will open for classes and usual business Monday. However, Boulder Valley School District has canceled classes for Monday, Sept. 16 and Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Boulder residents continue to report that water or sewage is backing up into homes. If residents smell or see solid waste, the City of Boulder wants residents to evacuate because of a sanitation risk. The raw sewage back up should also be reported to the Emergency Call Center at 303-413-7730.

Nederland residents are now able to get out toward Blackhawk on Route 6.

Register at www.safeandwell.org to let family members know you have evacuated safely or to check on loved ones.

Call 303-413-7730 to report the missing.

The Emergency Operations Center Call Line is 303-413-7730.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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