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www.wmfd.com - Northern Colorado residents are keeping a wary eye on the sky, as more rain is in the forecast, and officials worry about the weather hindering rescue operations, as thhe flooding has left several dead, and hundreds still unaccounted for. }}" />

   
 
 
New Rain Hinders Rescue Efforts In Northern Colorado

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  Original Published: 9/16/2013 Northern Colorado residents are keeping a wary eye on the sky. More rain is in the forecast, and officials worry about the weather hindering rescue operations. The flooding has left several dead, and hundreds still unaccounted for. Katie Murray has the latest on the rescue mission efforts. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says a number of helicopters arrived in the flood-ravaged state. Their mission, to assist in rescuing hundreds of people who are still unaccounted for. But the relentless rain prevented the National Guard from using the helicopters to search for the missing. "The helicopters are unfortunately grounded due to the weather, says 1st Lt. Skye Robinson of the Colorado National Guard. "As soon as its, the conditions change and its safe enough for them to get back up flying. They will be flying." Authorities worry additional rain will cause more flooding and debris. With roads washed away and bridges submerged, the only way to get to some people is by air. One man trapped in his home watched in horror when a car got struck with four teens inside. "The intensity of the storm and the mud that was coming down the creek and overflowing on to Linden had increased to the point where they them bottomed out, their car got struck," says Dennis Giannetti of KUSA. Two of the teens managed to get out of the car, but were swept away by the rapid flood waters. They are counted among the dead. The loss of life and devastating damage reduced one sheriff to tears, but didn't break his spirit. "How can we ever recover from this?" says Nick Christenson of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. "And, I know exactly, inch by inch, mile by mile, community by community, they're taking this stuff back. They're doing it. People are getting those things done out there." Although rescue crews are hindered in the air, first responders will continue working on the ground to find missing people and help those in need of food and water.
   
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