Death toll from Colorado floods rises to seven
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The confirmed death toll from massive floods in the US state of Colorado has risen to seven, while hundreds more remain unaccounted for, officials said Monday.
Helicopters resumed search and rescue missions, helped by clearer weather after days of torrential rain that has left over 1,500 homes destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged.
Five teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are bolstering hundreds of state and local officers trying to reach hundreds of residents stranded by the floods, centered on Boulder County north of Denver.
On Sunday, torrential rain prevented helicopters from taking off for most of the day as officials put the number of people unaccounted for at more than 1,200 across the western state.