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8 Dead in Colorado Floods

At least eight people have died in a series of massive floods that engulfed parts of the western U.S. state of Colorado.

State officials say another 600 people remain unaccounted for.

Rescue efforts, bolstered by clear skies and receding waters, continued Tuesday with local, state and federal officers attempting to reach the many people stranded by the floods. 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 in the floods 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 covered by floodwaters.

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

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