Although Colorado saw periods of relief over the weekend, drenching rains soaked the state again on Sunday.
As of Sunday evening, Colorado authorities have confirmed five deaths from the rain and subsequent flooding. Sadly, the number is expected to rise. Approximately 1,250 people have been reported missing so far, although power and phone service outages may be skewing those numbers while impacted residents are unreachable.
Over the weekend, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by flooding, landslides and mudslides. Colorado governor John Hickenlooper said the action first makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Boulder County.
FEMA continues to conduct damage surveys in other areas, and administrator Craig Fugate will travel to Colorado Monday to examine the region directly. Once granted, federal aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and cost-sharing programs for state and local emergency work.
So far, over 11,750 have been evacuated across the region. U.S. National Guard and U.S. Army troops have rescued 1,750 people who had been unable to leave their homes and neighborhoods due to washed-out roads. On Saturday, the troops even airlifted 85 fifth-graders who had been on a school trip in Boulder County near Jamestown.
Use the following links to locate affected friends and family, check for road conditions and to make donations towards recovery efforts.
- Locate loved ones via SafeAndWell.org
- Make donations
- Roadway closures and (re)openings
- Denver and Boulder weather forecasts
For Monday, scattered showers and thunderstorms are predicted to develop across already saturated areas, but rain fall totals are expected to be low, limiting the risk for additional flash flooding.