It’s still a massive disaster, but officials in the flood zone in Colorado have revised down the number unaccounted for.
The number of missing continues to go down from over a thousand earlier today to now around 600 people.
Many of those who have now been found just didn’t have phone service and are fine. But there are concerns there could be more people who have died who were overtaken by the power of the floodwaters.
A Boulder County spokeswoman says the confirmed death toll from flooding triggered by a week of torrential downpours along the eastern slopes of The Rockies in Colorado rose to seven on Monday.
She says the latest tally of confirmed dead was transmitted to county officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It was not immediately clear whether the count of seven dead includes two women reported missing and presumed dead by Larimer County officials since Sunday.
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Federal aid is heading to Colorado. FEMA has teams on the ground helping residents and businesses assess their needs. Craig Fugate is the FEMA administrator.
Colorado is receiving federal assistance as well as resources from other states, which have suffered weather related disasters in recent years:
The president has concurred with the governor and declared the state of Colorado a major disaster. And has turned on a variety of programs to help with the immediate response and removal of debri.
Even while Colorado officials are focused on search and recovery efforts, FEMA started moving resources into the state to be ready when needed. Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator says this is part of the authority congress gave the agency after Hurricane Katrina.
Governor John Hickenlooper says finding people is still the number one task.
When we know something bad is happening, while the governor is still assessing and still responding, we can do more to be ready as a nation to support the governor’s team.