Flooding in Colorado displaces many, causes damage
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 22:09
Storms in Colorado have resulted in over 1,000 people unaccounted for and more than $100 million in damage. From Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, more than a foot of rain fell in Boulder, Colo. as a result of record storms, compared to a normal September total of less than two inches of rain.
Fifteen counties in the state were given emergency presidential disaster declarations as thousands were evacuated and property damage took its toll. At least six people are believed dead, and the number of missing individuals have risen in recent days, sitting at 1,253 as of Sunday night. More than 11,000 individuals were evacuated, while in excess of 1,500 structures were destroyed by the rains.
Approximately 600 members of the U.S. Army and Colorado National Guard have assisted in rescue efforts. Boulder, which sits at the mouth of a canyon and has a creek running through it, is believed to have been the most heavily-affected city.
Though rain storms are expected to continue to hit the state this week, they will be much less severe than those present last week and are expected to die down by the weekend.