Colorado Flood: Rescue efforts ongoing for hundreds of people still unaccounted for; death toll rises

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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.”

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4 killed, 181 unaccounted for in Colorado floods

KUSA – Authorities said 181 people are still unaccounted for after catastrophic flooding in Boulder County.

Boulder County authorities say those unaccounted for are not considered missing but have not contacted friends or family.

Officials have also raised the death toll from this week’s flooding in Colorado to four after a woman’s body was found in Boulder.

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I-25 closed from Highway 7 to Fort Collins due to flooding, More closures on I-70, US 36, etc..

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The Big Thompson River has crossed I-25 near US 34 in Loveland. Photo from CSP in Larimer County.

 

SOURCE – DENVER – The list of roads closed by flooding and rock slides continued to grow on Friday.

CDOT CLOSURES as of 6:45 a.m.

– I-25 from Hwy 7 (north of Denver) to Highway 14 (Ft Collins) closed due to flooding. (Closure expanded!)

– I-25 NB & SB ramps to Hwy 119 (Milemarker 240) closed because of flooding and severe weather.

– US 36 (Boulder Turnpike)  EB closed at Foothills Parkway

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Denver: Four Hot Air Balloons Crash In An Hour

At least five people are hurt in the series of crashes which happened within miles of each other amid reports of high wind speeds.

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One of the balloons crashed near highways 72 and 93. Pic: Arvada Fire Dept

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At least five people have been injured after four hot air balloons crashed to the ground on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado.

The accidents all happened within miles and about an hour of each other on Saturday amid reports of high wind speeds.

One person was injured when one of the balloons hit power lines and sparked a small fire, police in the suburb of Arvada said.

Three people were in the basket when the balloon crashed near the intersection of state highways 72 and 93 at about 8am local time.

After hitting the ground, the balloon was reportedly dragged about 300ft into power lines.

Another balloon went down in Boulder County, according to Denver TV station KUSA-TV.

The balloon’s basket hit the ground hard and was dragged along for about 50 yards before coming to rest.

A third crash was reported in Louisville, but authorities say no one was injured.

And a fourth balloon went down in the Rocky Flats area south of Boulder.

Gusty winds were reported to have swept the area on Saturday morning, but it is unclear if strong winds were to blame for the crashes and an investigation is under way.

The extent of the victims’ injuries was not immediately known.