Flooding in Colorado will not be stopping anytime soon with forecasts predicting more rain coming to the ravaged state.
Boulder County Emergency Management spokesman Andrew Barth stated:
"There’s a heavy, heavy fog, and rain is coming down hard."
There is concern that the continued downpour would flood previously unaffected areas, and make it incredibly difficult for rescue workers to evacuate people from existing flood zones. The rescue effort is being called the largest aerial response since Hurricane Katrina.
Micki Trost, spokeswoman for the Colorado Office for Emergency Management, stated earlier today:
“There are air operations planned for today but it is still raining so we will have to assess that in the morning to see if they can go ahead. Much of the state is still very much in the response and recovery stage and at the moment we are hoping for the rain to stop so we can start looking at what the total damage is.”
A total of fifteen counties have been declared disaster zones with Boulder, Larimer and Jefferson counties being hit the hardest. Cumulatively between them, over 2,400 square miles have flooded. Nearly a year’s worth of rain has fallen in Boulder in just eight days.
Over 1,500 homes have been destroyed, with over 17,000 additional homes damaged. The death toll stands at six with over 1,200 people still unaccounted for, 11,700 people have been evacuated.
Our sympathies go out to those victims and their families affected by the flood. We will update you as more information becomes available.