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Sheriffs: Flood emergency ending, recovery begins

By Associated Press
Published On: Sep 18 2013 04:12:37 PM CDT

KRDO.com File

BOULDER, Colo. -

Authorities in Boulder and Larimer counties say the emergency phase of flood disaster operations is ending and the recovery phase is beginning.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said Wednesday that rescue workers are ending "high octane" search-and-rescue operations. Searchers are now going door-to-door and looking through debris piles and vehicles for victims and damage in the flood-scarred areas of the foothills.
    
Those crews include Federal Emergency Management Agency urban search-and-rescue teams with search dogs and medical supplies.
    
Lt. Col. Mitch Utterback of the Colorado National Guard says some of the helicopters flying rescue missions may be returned to Fort Carson.
    
As the airlifts taper off, so have the number of missing. State emergency officials say that number was less than 200 Wednesday.

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