Northern Colorado Residents Return Home After Agonizing Wait

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WINDSOR, COLO. (AP) _ Residents of a Northern Colorado farm town
ravaged by a large tornado returned to their homes Saturday in an area
officials had deemed unsafe because of the massive destruction.

Incident Management Team Spokesman Dan Hatlestad says the homes
are still without power and it will be up homeowners if they want
to stay in them.

Natural gas leaks and the threat of explosions had kept residents out of their neighborhoods.

Authorities say 596 homes were damaged, including 102 that have
been deemed unsafe to occupy, when the tornado bounced along a
35-mile-long swath that began near Platteville Thursday.

The storm killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

Xcel Energy says it could be up to a week before about 6,000 customers who are still without power are back on line.

In Windsor, Insurance Agent Rick Best says he's received at
least 100 claims from homeowners as of midday Friday. About a
quarter of them had damages of $100,000 each.

At least three other tornadoes were reported Friday. There
was no immediate report of injuries.

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