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September 18, 2013

Colorado floods

The effort continued today to locate more than 500 people still missing from last week's damaging floods in Colorado. The death toll stood at 6, which state officials said is expected to rise from the heavy rains that washed out roads, collapsed bridges, destroyed homes, and left a massive clean-up in their wake. -- Lloyd Young ( 37 photos )

Homeowner Chris Ringdahl, left, is comforted by family friend Katherine MacIntosh, right, in front of her possessions as they cleanup from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 16. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press)

An abandoned car lies off a road devastated by flood waters along the South Platte River east of Greeley, Colo, on Sept. 17. Northern Colorado's broad agricultural expanses are especially affected, with more than 400 lane-miles of state highway and more than 30 bridges destroyed or impassable. (John Wark/Associated Press) #

A woman, who asked not to be identified, carries two children while being evacuated by the Juniper Valley Fire Crew on Sept. 14, on Olde Stage Road in Boulder, Colo,. Rescuers rushed by land and by air to evacuate Coloradans stranded by epic mountain flooding as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies. Four people have been confirmed dead since the harrowing floods began. And hundreds of others have not been heard from in the flood zone, which has grown to cover an area covering nearly 4,500 square miles (11,655 square kilometers), nearly the size of the US state of Connecticut. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Farm buildings stand in fields submerged by flooding along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colo., near Greeley, on Sept. 14. The days-long rush of water from higher ground turned parts of Colorado's expansive eastern plains into muddy swamps. (John Wark/Associated Press) #

A woman looks at Boulder Creek, which flooded early today after three days of heavy rainfall Sept. 12 in Boulder, Colo. An estimated 6-10 inches of rain fell in 12-18 hours and more is expected throughout the day. Flash flood sirens warned people to stay away from Boulder Creek and seek higher ground. (Dana Romanoff/Getty Images) #

The Summit County Rescue team works to save Suzanne Sophocles, center, from her severely flooded home on Sept. 13 in Boulder, Colo. By truck and helicopter, thousands of people stranded by floodwaters came down from the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 13. This is two days after seemingly endless rain turned normally scenic rivers and creeks into coffee-colored rapids that wrecked scores of roads and wiped out neighborhoods. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Officials investigate the scene of a road collapse at Highway 287 and Dillon at the Broomfield/Lafayette border that sent three vehicles into the water after flash flooding on Sept. 12. The National Weather Service has warned of an "extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation" throughout the region. (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

An aerial photo shows Highway 34 being destroyed toward Estes Park , Colo. as flooding continues to devastate the Colorado Front Range and thousands are forced to evacuate with an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed Sept. 13. (Dennis Pierce/Colorado Heli-Ops via Associated Press) #

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment out of Fort Carson, Colo. along with civilian rescue personnel, rescue members of the Jamestown, Colo. community and children from Cal-Wood Education Center after severe flooding shut down major roads leading out of town on Sept. 14. Colorado is experiencing record flooding not seen in decades. (European Pressphoto Agency) #

Volunteer, Ella Kuhlman, 5, helps sort donations at the evacuation shelter staged at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colo., on Sept. 15. Four people have been confirmed dead since the harrowing floods began Wednesday. And hundreds of others have not been heard from in the flood zone, which has grown to cover an area covering nearly 4,500 square miles (11,655 square kilometers), nearly the size of the US state of Connecticut. (Dawn Madura/The Coloradoan via Associated Press) #

Floodwaters inundate a street in Loveland, Colo., on Sept. 16. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press) #

Suzanne Sophocles hugs her dogs after they were all rescued from her flooded home on Sept. 13 in Boulder, Colo. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Nancy Cousins cleans off furniture that was in her flooded basement in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 17. The rains finally stopped, allowing many Colorado flood evacuees to return home to toppled houses and upended vehicles with the realization that rebuilding their lives will take months. Search crews, meanwhile, rescued hundreds more people stranded by floodwaters. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press) #

Nicky Toor, 15, tubes on the lawn of North Boulder Park September 12 in Boulder, Colo. An estimated 6-10 inches of rain fell in 12-18 hours and more is expected throughout the day. Flash flood sirens warned people to stay away from Boulder Creek and seek higher ground. (Dana Romanoff/Getty Images) #

Cortney Perez of Lyons, Colo., pets her dog, while one of her birds rests on her shoulder at the LifeBridge Church in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 15. The church provides food and shelter for families and pets. The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain could fall Sunday, creating a risk of more flooding and mudslides. (Cliff Grassmick/The Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

People rush into LifeBridge Church to escape the rain in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 15. The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain could fall on Sept. 15, creating a risk of more flooding and mudslides. (Cliff Grassmick/The Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Flood water shoots out of a sewer on Canon Avenue next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo. Sept. 12, as storms continue to dump rain over the Waldo Canyon burn scar. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via Associated Press) #

Mike McDaniels shovels out mud from the basement of a friend's house in Longmont Colo., Sept. 14. By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding was accelerating as food and water supplies ran low, while thousands more were driven from their homes on the plains as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas inundating towns and farms miles from the Rockies. (Cliff Grassmick /The Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

A National Guard truck that was damaged by floodwaters and was carried into a drainage ditch by the current lies next to twisted railroad tracks in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 16. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press) #

A home is pulled into the fast currents of the flooded South Platte River off of US 34 between Greeley and Kersey, Colo., on Sept. 16. Weary evacuees have begun returning home after days of rain and flooding, but the clearing skies and receding waters revealed only more heartbreak: toppled houses, upended vehicles and a stinking layer of muck covering everything. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via Associated Press) #

Suffering from dehydration, local resident Fred Rob gets help from emergency responders after floods left homes and infrastructure in a shambles, in Lyons, Colo., on Sept. 13. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out the town's bridges and destroyed the electrical and sanitation infrastructure have left many Lyons residents stranded with minimal access to help, and sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable one to the other. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) #

Dave Jackson closes a mailbox with his foot after delivering the mail to a home surrounded on three sides by a flooded Cheyenne Creek Sept. 13, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 13, transforming normally scenic rivers and creeks into fast, unforgiving torrents and forcing thousands more evacuations from water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain. (Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette via Associated Press) #

Local residents look over a road washed out by a torrent of water following overnight flash flooding near Left Hand Canyon, south of Lyons, Colo., on Sept 12. The widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents in Lyons and nearby mountain communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) #

Topaz Street resident Jake Koplen of Boulder, Colo. stands at the edge of his driveway after the street in front of his home was washed away Sept. 13, in Boulder, Colo. Heavy rains for the better part of week has fueled widespread flooding and evacuations in numerous Colorado towns, with the area reportedly already having received 15 inches of rain. (Marc Piscotty/Getty Images) #

Krsitin McDonald, right, dries out family photos while her husband Stanley McDonald, left, wipes his brow after their basement flooded in Longmont, Colo., on Sept. 14. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state. National Guard helicopters have been evacuating residents from the hardest hit communities. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press) #

Dan Feldheim, left, Scott Hoffenberg, center, and John Smart, pass sandbags as residents reinforce the dam on University Hill in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 15. (Paul Aiken/The Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Noe Sura, 7, right, and her brother Eli, 7, play in the mud clogged ground around their home after days of flooding, on the southern edge of Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 14. By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of Coloradans, stranded by epic mountain flooding was accelerating as food and water supplies ran low, while thousands more were driven from their homes on the plains as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas inundating towns and farms miles from the Rockies. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) #

Local resident Fred Rob sits in the doorway of his home, destroyed by floods which left his town in a shambles, in Lyons, Colo., on Sept. 13. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out the town's bridges and destroyed the electrical and sanitation infrastructure have left many Lyons residents stranded with minimal access to help, and sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable one to the other. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) #

Erez Shani packs down soil at the top of a berm that is redirecting water as heavy rains cause flooding to rise in Boulder, Colo. on Sept. 15. Colorado officials warned on Sunday the death toll from the week's severe flooding could rise as it was confirmed that a second person was missing and presumed dead, in addition to four deaths previously verified. (Mark Leffingwell/Reuters) #

SFC Keith Bart, with 2-4 GSAB 4th Infantry Division based in Ft. Carson, helps a woman who was winched up to a helicopter outside Jamestown, Colo. which was cut off due to flooding, Sept. 17. The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Sept. 17, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape. (Mark Leffingwell/Pool) #

An aerial view of suburban streets flooded in Longmont, Colo. on Sept. 13. National Guard troops plucked stranded residents out of danger by helicopter and hauled them out of an inundated community in military trucks, as the death toll from the worst floods to hit Colorado in decades rose to four. (John Wark/Reuters) #

Members of the a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team check homes off of Lee Hill Drive to make sure people are accounted for in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 16. Officials hope the number of missing will drop rapidly as communications are restored and people are evacuated throughout the region, as it did in Larimer County, where almost 250 people were lopped off a missing-persons list over the weekend, and Boulder County, where the list shrunk by 187 people. (Mark Leffingwell/The Daily Camera, via Associated Press) #

John Wagner, front right, cleans-off storage containers that were drenched by mud and water, as friends and family help with clean-up from historic floods in Longmont, Colo., on, Sept. 16. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500 square-mile section of the state inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. (Chris Schneider/Associated Press) #

Colleen Keane, at right, works with Burggraf Disaster Restoration worker Robert Frawley to sift through muddy water that flooded her basement on Sept. 15, on Iris Avenue in Boulder, Colo. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via Associated Press) #

Robert Pandolfi of Longmont, Colo. pauses for a moment while using a shovel to direct water in the basement of his boss' home as residents clean up in the wake of a week of heavy flooding on Sept. 16, in Longmont, Colo. More than 600 people are unaccounted for and thousands were forced to evacuate after historic flooding devastated communities in Colorado. (Marc Piscotty/Getty Images) #

Local residents Holly Rob, right, and her neighbor and friend Pam Bowers hug after a day salvaging Rob's belongings after floods destroyed Rob's home, in Lyons, Colo., Sept. 13. Days of heavy rains and flash floods which washed out the town's bridges and destroyed the electrical and sanitation infrastructure have left many Lyons residents cut off with minimal access to help, and sectioned off the town into several pieces not reachable one to the other. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) #

A tractors sits partially submerged in a farm field after flooding along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colo. near Greeley, on Sept. 14. The days-long rush of water from higher ground turned parts of Colorado's expansive eastern plains into muddy swamps. (John Wark/Associated Press) #
 
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