Death toll rises in Boulder flood; Drake man presumed dead
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DENVER – A fourth person was confirmed killed by flooding in Boulder Thursday afternoon, shortly after officials announced that a Larimer County man was missing and presumed dead.
Last week’s flooding is now blamed for seven confirmed fatalities: four in Boulder County, two in El Paso County and one in Clear Creek County, authorities reported.
News of the latest fatality came from Boulder’s Office of Emergency Management, which did not identify the victim. Late Thursday afternoon, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office announced that Gerald Boland, 80, had been found dead near Lyons on Tuesday. He has not officially been named as a flood victim, but at this stage it seems likely.
The other missing man was reportedly from the town of Drake, in Larimer County, said Nick Christensen, executive officer of the county Sheriff’s Office. The 46-year-old man’s home was washed away when last week’s record-setting rain flooded towns in Colorado’s northern Front Range.
Two other people in Larimer County — both women, ages 60 and 80 — were already presumed dead after their homes were swept away in the disaster.
Another 139 people remain unaccounted for in the county, a figure down from nearly 200 on Wednesday. Most of those are expected to be alive and well, but have failed to check in with authorities to let them know.
CNN contributed to this report.