Boulder, CO, United States (4E) – Another woman is presumed dead while nearly 500 people remain missing in heavily flooded Boulder and Larimer counties in Colorado on Sunday.
An 80-year-old woman trapped in her flooded Cedar Cove home in Larimer County was supposed to be rescued but the house was gone when rescuers arrived, according to the local sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz.
If she is confirmed dead, the death toll from the flooding will rise to six.
On Saturday, a 60-year-old woman went missing after her home, also in Cedar Cove, was swept away by flashflood. She is also presumed dead.
The bodies of a couple who got off their flood-trapped car Thursday have been recovered in Boulder County while a body was found in a collapsed home in Jamestown. Another body was found on the road in Colorado Springs in El Paso County.
Helicopter rescue of stranded residents in cutoff areas were hampered by poor visibility caused by heavy rains and fogs, said Andrew Barth, spokesman for Boulder County Emergency Management. Ground rescue was also hampered by destroyed roads.
Residents in Longmont and Estes Park were ordered to evacuate. Residents who returned to their Greens, Champion Greens and Valley neighborhoods near Longmont were ordered to evacuate again.
The rising St. Vrain River prompted an evacuation order for neighborhoods south of Colorado 119 near Interstate 25.
All roads crossing the South Platte River in Fort Morgan were closed, city clerk John Brennan said. A 300-acre park straddling Interstate 76 is under water, and a number of hotels and a Walmart were evacuated and closed due to flooding, Barth added, according to Denver Post.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration for Colorado on Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Boulder County, according to CNN.
Weather forecasters predicted another 1 to 2 inches of rain in the region on Sunday.