A week ago, Colorado officials were facing the possibility of hundreds of people dead from massive flooding. But as search and rescue operations continue, the picture is looking brighter, as is the weather forecast.
The latest report by state and local officials has placed the number of missing or unaccounted for at about 80 on Friday, down from 1,200 from last week when torrential rains dumped a year’s worth of rain on the eastern portion of Colorado in just days. Officials have also said that the majority of those missing would eventually check in and be counted.
The official number of dead has varied as more information became available. On Friday, the state said seven were confirmed dead. And three more people are missing and presumed dead.
At the flooding's peak, about 12,000 people were ordered out of the flood zone that encompassed 17 counties or about 4,500 square miles. By Friday, after days of sunshine and water flowing into rivers moving eastward, about 1,900 square miles were still flooded, an area larger than Rhode Island. At the height of flooding Sept. 12, the area under water was about the size of Connecticut.