National Guard: 1,200 rescued from flooded areas

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DENVER (AP) A National Guard official says airlifts and truck convoys have ferried more than 1,200 stranded residents and their pets from the floodwaters.

Lt. Col. Mitch Utterback said Saturday more than 500 people were evacuated from Lyons over the past two days using high-clearance vehicles. Another 700 people in the area were rescued by helicopter.

The search-and-rescue operations went on overnight with pilots using night-vision equipment. They were boosted Saturday with at least 12 helicopters participating.

Much of the focus has been on the communities of Lyons and Jamestown. Rescues also are happening to the east as rivers overflow in Larimer and Weld counties.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle says authorities are making progress in reaching areas previously inaccessible. Hundreds of people in the flooded areas are still unaccounted for.

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