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Colorado Flooding 2013: Maps, News and Updates

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First Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
Colorado Flood 2013
Flood pictures from Colorado in 2013. (Photo : Moondusty (Flickr))

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management has added 12 more counties to the Colorado Disaster Declaration for Emergency Assistance list.

After six days of rain that caused flooding in Colorado, more counties are being added to the list of places requiring emergency assistance. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management added Adams, Araphaoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Morgan, Logan, Pueblo, Washington and Weld.

President Barack Obama also added Boulder County to the list Saturday. Homeowners, renters and business owners in the aforementioned counties can apply for state and federal disaster assistance if they sustained losses and damages due to storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.

According to the statistics, there are currently five confirmed dead as of Sunday evening. That number is expected to rise as thousands of people in the state are still missing. The unaccounted number of people to date is estimated at 1,253.

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With damage to approximately 17,494 homes and about 1,502 homes completely destroyed by flood and heavy rain statewide, those in high-risk areas are urged to evacuate. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management has provided an up-to-date flood threat map which is issued daily at 11:00 am. The Colorado flood threat map is viewable HERE.

Nearly 12,000 individuals have left their home and have been evacuated. Thousands of individuals are still trapped and are waiting for rescue.

To date, there are 26 shelters open. A map of statewide shelters, pet shelters and activated EOCs has been provided by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management HERE.

Residents of flood and mudslide-stricken areas have been lamenting the state of their counties. According to one resident, Lyons has transformed from being a beautiful place to one which is "just brown mud," says CBC News.

Gas and grocery supplies have also been reportedly running low in several areas of the state. "There's no gas, no toilet paper, no milk. They got food trucks to Safeway yesterday. Within about an hour, everything was emptied out," said Renee Maher, a clerk at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

To get updates on Colorado Flood 2013, follow @FloodDSS and @COFloodUpdates on Twitter, or visit the Flood Threat Bulletin HERE.

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