360° Coverage : Hundreds missing in Colorado floods

Hundreds missing in Colorado floods

Washigton, Sep 15 (IANS) Hundreds of people remained missing and at least four were confirmed dead Saturday in one of the worst floods hitting the US state of Colorado in three decades, Al Jazeera reported.

Sep 14 2013, 8:24pm CDT | by IANS

Hundreds missing in Colorado floods
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Washigton, Sep 15 — Hundreds of people remained missing and at least four were confirmed dead Saturday in one of the worst floods hitting the US state of Colorado in three decades, Al Jazeera reported.

Power and water supply has been badly affected after heavy rains in the state. Search-and-rescue teams used boats and helicopters to pull stranded residents to safety and to try to find residents still missing, authorities said.

Patrick Von Keyserling, an emergency official in Boulder county, an area heavily affected by flooding, said 218 people were unaccounted for.

"That number will fluctuate as families start locating people and as we pick up people that have been stranded with our helicopter operation," he said.

He added that the rescue operations would continue "as the weather is permitting".

"Certainly the intent is to find all unaccountable people. Some may be at rescue centres or staying with relatives," Von Keyserling said.

The floods are the worst to hit Colorado for more than 30 years, and have prompted President Barack Obama to approve a federal disaster assistance request.

Evacuation orders have been issued in several areas, according to a tweet by Colorado Office of Emergency Management.

"The town of Orchard is in immediate danger. EVACUATE NOW," it said. "The town of Goodrich is under an evacuation order."

Motorists were trapped in their cars with emergency crews scrambling to reach them.

"Many, many communities in our western mountains are completely isolated. There is no road access, no telephone information, no power, no water, no sewer," said Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder county.

At least four people have been killed, including a couple swept away in floodwaters after stopping their car northwest of Boulder.

Also killed was a resident whose body was found in a collapsed building near Jamestown, an evacuated enclave north of Boulder, and a man whose body was discovered during flood-watch patrols in Colorado Springs, officials said.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Meet the Three Americans that Stopped a Terrorist on a French Train
Meet the Three Americans that Stopped a Terrorist on a French Train
Three American dudes on a trip to Europe take down a terrorist on a train. Beat that vacation story.
 
 
Donald Trump Uninvited from Red State
Donald Trump Uninvited from Red State
Some more bad news just came in for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump: the candidate for president is making even more enemies than he had before. Donald Trump has basically been fired from speaking at a conference by Erick...
 
 
Obama Announces Biggest Ever Plan to Tackle Climate Change
Obama Announces Biggest Ever Plan to Tackle Climate Change
President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change is a foolproof method for the future.
 
 
Osama Bin Laden's Extended Family Members Die in UK Plane Crash
Osama Bin Laden's Extended Family Members Die in UK Plane Crash
Osama Bin Laden's extended family members died. The tragedy took place at Blackbushe Airport.