Anticipating hundreds, volunteers milled about at an evacuation center set up at Timberline Church in Fort Collins Sunday morning. With heavy rains grounding helicopters in Larimer County, few flood victims were able to make their way to the shelter.
The floods that have repeatedly inundated large parts of central and northeastern Colorado since Wednesday likely killed more than the four people who have been confirmed dead, officials say. The search for victims has taken second priority to rescue and relief operations, as agencies rush to help people who remain at risk. President Obama has declared a major disaster in the area.
For a second day flood waters, goaded by heavy rains, impacted large swaths of the Front Range. When skies finally broke, many were stranded, hundreds were in need of rescue and four lives were lost statewide.
Rivers flowing 10 times higher than normal forced new evacuations in Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties Friday as emergency managers continued to try to reach people who have been stranded by floodwaters for days.