Larimer County Sheriff: About 350 people unaccounted for as of Saturday evening, 1 presumed dead
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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - The number of people "unaccounted for" in Larimer County has more than tripled, reports the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Justin Smith said Saturday evening about 350 people are presently unaccounted for, up from about 100 earlier in the day.
County officials reported Saturday morning a possible fifth flood victim. A 60-year-old woman from the Cedar Cove area is presumed dead after her house was destroyed by flood waters, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office reported.
No other information was released about that case, but the Sheriff's Office said an investigations team was created to collect and track reports of missing people. A hotline was established at 970-498-5500 to collect reports about individuals who are out of contact with family or friends. The list grew to about 100 named by 11:30 a.m.
"We do estimate that potentially there will be other loss of life," said Nick Christensen, executive officer of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, during a Saturday afternoon press conference.
An investigations team has been established to start tracking confirmed reports of missing people. Larimer County is working on numerous reports of unaccounted people. To report a missing or unaccounted person in Larimer County, please call 970-498-5500.
National Guard troops are conducting evacuations Saturday. Sheriff Justin Smith said many people were stranded throughout the county after waters rose unexpectedly high between overnight Thursday into Friday.
"We do know that there are people stranded throughout Larimer County. Up and down. Whether it’s the rivers, by creeks, whatever, we've got people stranded. We simply can't get in there," Smith said Friday.
Seven helicopters are operating in Larimer County, including two large Chinooks. The Sheriff's Office reported about 300 people had been rescued so far. Most were "elderly residents."
Christensen said Saturday 120 were stranded in the Big Elk Meadows area but half have since been evacuated and the other half elected to stay.
About 1,200 people are stranded in the Pinewood Springs area. They'll be evacuated over the next five days, but Christensen said the priority is dropping in food, water and other resources.
In the Big Thompson Canyon area, access is tricky, said Christensen, "because the road is out in multiple locations and it's a tough area for air to work given the tight nature of the canyon."
The Loveland National Guard is currently contacting approximately 80 residents stranded in the Bear Track area and Larimer County is receiving help with damage assessment near Estes Park from Boulder County, said Christensen.
Boulder County officials have confirmed three deaths related to flooding. A man and woman, who were swept from their car near Linden Drive, were found Thursday and Friday, and a man was killed in Jamestown when he was trapped underneath collapsed buildings.
On Saturday, the El Paso County Coroner's Office released the identity of a Colorado Springs man who was killed. The body of 54-year-old Danny Davis was found in Fountain Creek.
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