Sheriff: Number of missing in Larimer County now 0

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LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — At one point the number of people reported unaccounted for in Larimer County reached more than 600. Now everyone has been accounted for.

Six people previously reported missing contacted authorities Tuesday to say they are alive and well.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Department said the six contacted authorities after their names were made public.

A woman from Cedar Cove, however, is still missing and presumed dead, deputies said.

The flooding, which started on Sept. 12 is blamed for the deaths of eight people.

The heavy rainfall spurred flash floods that turned picturesque canyons into funnels that deluged towns downstream and left hundreds stranded. More than a week later, many remained marooned — cut off from the rest of the world thanks to floodwaters that wiped out roads and bridges.

Monday, authorities announced they found the body of Evelyn Starner, 79, of Cedar Cove. She was found on the bank of the Big Thompson River.

Starner is the first confirmed death in Larimer County.

Vice President Joe Biden visited Colorado on Monday and took a one-hour aerial tour to view the damage. He also checked on recovery efforts.

“Once all these cameras are gone, once these press conferences are done, FEMA and the Red Cross are still going to be here until we make you whole. Until we make it right for you,” Biden said during a news conference.

Biden said the federal government had approved $35 million thus far for road rebuilding and other projects. He said those funds wouldn’t be affected by a possible government shutdown.

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