1,500 homes lost in Larimer County, officials say

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A road collapse in Larimer County. (Photo: Larimer County Sheriff's Office)

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — National Guard helicopters were able to rescue 100 people from Cedar Cove Monday as Larimer County continues to dry out from last week’s rain storm.

Thirteen Guard helicopters and three civilian ones helped with evacuations, said Nick Christensen of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Christensen said that 1,000 people remain in remote locations scattered across the county in need to rescue.

As of Monday afternoon, just under 400 people were unaccounted for, down from an earlier report of 643. The number dropped because 213 were located and several entries without first or last names were consolidated, Christensen said.

There is still a report of two people in Cedar Crove who are missing and presumed dead. No fatalities have been confirmed in Larimer County, however.

Officials estimate that 1,500 homes may have been destroyed and 4,500 were damaged.

Christensen said some 200 businesses may have been destroyed, with 500 damaged in what was a once-in-a-1,000-years flood in some parts of Larimer County.

There are approximately 1,120 square miles of area involved that has damage in Larimer County. Rist Canyon has minimal damage, Buckhorn Canyon has heavy damage, Poudre Canyon has minimal damage, Big Thompson Canyon has extensive damage, North Fork of Big Thompson has extensive damage, and South St. Vrain also has extensive damage

Shelters have been set up in the following areas:
— Thompson Valley School Administration Building in Loveland – 800 S. Taft Avenue
— Lyons Elementary School in Lyons – North of High Street on 4th
— Pinewood Springs Fire Department in Lyons – 61 Kiowa Road
— Mountain View Bible Fellowship in Estes Park – Highway 7 at Peak View Drive
— Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins – 1118 Miramont Drive
— Timberline Church in Fort Collins – 2908 South Timberline Road

The Ranch in Loveland is accepting large animals from evacuees.

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