Colorado Helicopters: Rescue Operations Back OnBy: Tobias Roth - September 16, 2013
The death toll continues to rise as the dangerous flood makes its way through Colorado. Helicopters were sent in to help the victims of the flood, but have since been grounded due to the heavy rain and clouds in the area. Many people have been displaced from their homes because of the devastating storm and some have even gone missing. There is a search and rescue mission being conducted in order to get everyone to safety, but it has been difficult to execute these plans with the rains continuing to effect northern Colorado.
The President of the United States and the Governor’s office has declared a disaster area for northern Colorado. As of Monday, officials have updated the number of deaths to seven, after helicopters have been able to fly again and the emergency efforts are able to continue. Officials from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management have attributed seven deaths to the rain and floods that have blanketed the state including four in Boulder County, one in El Paso County and two in Larimer County, according to the Denver Post. Another body was recovered around noon on Monday by Colorado Springs autorities, which is likely the eighth fatality from the floods. Some rain is still possible in the foothills over Jefferson, Boulder and Larimer Counties later today.
The flood continues to devastate areas all over northern Colorado and in Larimer County, about 1,000 residents are still stranded and are only able to be reached by helicopter. Just in Boulder County alone, there is an estimated $150 million to repair 100 to 150 miles of roadway and 20 to 30 bridges. George Gerstle, the transportation director for the county described this, saying that the cost will be 10 to 15 times what their annual budget normally is, mentions CNN. The serious situation has even received attention from the president, ordering federal aid to support state and local recovery efforts for Boulder County.
For those that want to help the cause and donate to help the flood clean up, you can visit the Red Cross website and learn more about what you can do.
Another important thing to think about that some media outlets are not reporting is how the flood is having an effect on the environment, when mixing with fracking toxins.
State emergency management officials say that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed along a 200-mile stretch of the Front Range. This number also has the ability to increase as people continue to investigate more areas that were previously blocked off. Flood conditions are spread across 200 miles running north to south along the Front Range. Fifteen counties are in that swatch of territory: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, and Weld.
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