A spokeswoman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management confirmed on Monday that at least seven people have been killed in the flooding that has ravaged Colorado.
Reuters reported that the death toll is likely to rise, but search-and-rescue efforts have resulted in dropping the number of people unaccounted for to below 1,000. Drier weather conditions have helped rescue workers expand operations on Monday. Only a light drizzle and some patchy fog early Monday morning hindered several helicopter rescue missions. National Guard officials have said that the air rescue operations in Colorado are the biggest in the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. U.S. Army and National Guard troops have rescued 1,750 people who were cut off by washed-out roads in the mountain canyons of Boulder and Larimer counties.
Some places have received a year's worth of rain accumulation in the span of three days. President Barack Obama declared the areas effected by the flooding as a major disaster which allows for federal funds and resources to aid state and local authorities with their operations. State officials have said that they will be unable to assess the overall damage in the area until rescue operations are complete and the floodwaters have receded. It is estimated that 1,500 homes have been destroyed and another 4,500 have been damaged by the flood waters.