Returning Coloradans find sickening flood damage

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LYONS, Colo. (AP) Coloradans are finding scenes of stomach-turning destruction as they get their first look at Lyons, a small town that was heavily damaged by deadly floods.

Residents and their families were allowed briefly into homes Thursday to retrieve valuables. They saw houses full of mud, boulders strewn through town and food spoiling in refrigerators with no electricity.

Flood damage spans 17 counties and nearly 2,000 square miles.

The death toll rose to seven but the number of missing dropped to about 140, thanks to rescues and restored communications.

Rescues are tapering off and the state is turning its attention to finding homes for the displaced. Crews started restoring basic services to shattered communities and state officials were figuring out how to repair hundreds of miles of roads and dozens of bridges.