BOULDER COUNTY - The number of people unaccounted for in Boulder County dropped from over a 100 to only 4 Wednesday afternoon. The number continues to decrease as the stranded get in touch with families.
With more than 1,600 people evacuated from the Boulder County area due to the catastrophic flooding, there was much rejoicing when emergency officials said some residents will be given temporary passes to go see their homes as early as Thursday.
RECENT COLORADO FLOODING STORIES
Residents in the impacted flood areas will begin seeing tags and flags on homes and green tape on ground by driveways. It shows other search and rescue crews that someone has already been in the residence and they need to do something or that they can pass it by. The green tape is used for helicopters. Residents should leave these items in place. If you have removed them, please put them back. They are not assessing damage or condemning homes.
The Boulder County sheriff says the emergency phase of flood disaster operations there is ending and the long and arduous task of search for victims injured and killed is underway. Sheriff Joe Pelle said Wednesday that rescue workers are ending "high octane" search-and-rescue operations. Searchers are now going door-to-door and looking through debris piles and vehicles for victims and damage in the flood-scarred areas of the foothills. Those crews include Federal Emergency Management Agency urban search-and-rescue teams with search dogs and medical supplies.
Rescue helicopters took off from the Boulder Municipal Airport around 8 a.m. to help get trapped residents to safety.
Lt. Col. Mitch Utterback of the Colorado National Guard says some of the helicopters flying rescue missions may be returned to Fort Carson. As the airlifts taper off, so have the number of missing. State emergency officials say that number was just over 300 by Wednesday morning.
Roads are washed out and multiple mudslides have closed areas of Boulder Canyon.
Ten people were successfully evacuated in Boulder County on Wednesday - two by air and eight by land.
Nearly 300 homes have been damaged and 262 homes have been destroyed by the destructive flood waters. Emergency officials have evaluated more than 4,000 buildings thus far.
Go to www.BoulderCountyFlood.org or www.BoulderFloodInfo.net for recovery information. These websites provide information about assistance and resources available for those affected by the Boulder flood.
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