The authorities in Colorado now say that thanks to tireless work by search and rescue teams only 200 people remain on the missing list following the floods in the state.
That is down from the 1,200 of just a day ago, but one more dead body has been found, taking the loss of life to seven. Many communities have had to be abandoned in the largest evacuation in the area for decades. One such is the canyon town of Lyons, population 1,600.
“The only way to get into the house is to hike up a back way that’s a very steep hill. We have twins, 22-month old boys, that we would never bring up and down that hill with us. We have no power, we have no water and so, even though the house is intact, you couldn’t really survive there with two twins that are that old,” said one resident.
Many pets have been evacuated along with their owners in a bid to encourage otherwise reluctant homeowners to leave endangered areas. As communications are restored the number of missing is expected to decline further.