A home was swept off its foundation and collecting into the overflowing Big Thompson River from recent flooding in the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County, Colorado on Saturday morning, September 14, 2013. View more images from the Colorado floods. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
(The Denver Post) – A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week’s historic flooding in northern Colorado as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach hundreds of people listed as unaccounted for.
Rivers continued to flow well above flood stage, prompting orders for mandatory evacuations on both banks of the South Platte River in eastern Morgan County, including the towns of Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Muir Springs. Thousands living in the flood zones were displaced.
The South Platte was nearly nine feet over flood stage at Kersey Saturday morning.
“It is no doubt an epic event,” said Weld county commissioner Sean Conway. “It is a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation.”