Number of unaccounted for goes down in Larimer County
A washed out road that typically leads into the town of Drake in Larimer County seen on Sept. 18, 2013. (Photo: Facebook / Justin Smith)
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — The number of those unaccounted for in Larimer County went down to 60 Saturday, according to Sheriff Justin Smith.
A total of five people were rescued on Friday, bringing the total number of those rescued in the area to 1,196. Sheriff Smith tweeted earlier Saturday that he received word 15 more people have chosen to evacuate, and rescue teams will work to get them throughout the day.
The number of open shelters across the state continues to decrease as the number of unaccounted for goes down, according to the state OEM.
Nine shelters remain open across Colorado, where a total of 204 people stayed overnight Friday. There are still nearly 6,000 people evacuated as a result of the floods.
According to preliminary assessments that are just beginning, 16,101 homes have been damaged and 1,882 have been destroyed.
There has been approximately $135 million worth of damage done to state bridges and highways, and The Colorado Department of Transportation is working to repair roadways as quickly as possible.
CDOT announced Saturday that they have reopened 8 highways, including US 287 over the Big Thompson River in Loveland.
Flood survivors are encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7582). Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.