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September 17, 2013

Eight Dead in Colorado Floods

by VOA News

At least eight people have died as a result of massive floods engulfing parts of the western U.S. state of Colorado.

State officials say another 600 people remain unaccounted for.

Bolstered by clear skies and receding waters, rescue efforts continued Tuesday with local, state and federal responders attempting to reach people stranded by the rising water. Twenty helicopters scoured the area dropping supplies and providing airlifts to those in need of help.

Authorities says at least 1,600 homes were destroyed and more than 17,000 others have been damaged.   

Local news outlets say more than 50 bridges linking rural communities have been destroyed or damaged, along with hundreds of miles of roads.

President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a major disaster zone and ordered federal help to boost state and local recovery efforts.