It was raining again in Colorado Sunday, adding to flooding and making search and rescue operations difficult. Federal teams have joined state and local efforts, and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate goes to Colorado Monday.
It continued to rain in Colorado Sunday, sending more water rushing down already-swollen streams, threatening more homes and business, and making search and rescue efforts difficult. Officials say some rivers could continue to flood until Tuesday.
Four people are confirmed dead and two more are presumed lost after their homes washed away.
Hundreds more were unaccounted for, although that number was expect to drop as telephone service was restored.
Flash flood warnings were in place in all or portions of the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield and Denver, reports the Denver Post. All of northeast Colorado remains under a flood warning.
"The situation has deteriorated since early this morning," Andrew Barth, spokesman for Boulder County Emergency Management, told the newspaper. "There's a heavy, heavy fog and rain is coming down hard. Standing water is rising because the ground is saturated."
On Sunday, fog grounded the helicopters that had evacuated about 1,500 people Saturday.
"Residents should prepare to evacuate for what may be an extended period of time, as road and infrastructure repairs could take several months," according to a news release from officials in the community of Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. "Residents must understand that with winter weather impending, staying at home in this area is an extremely dangerous decision and emergency services will not be available to them after evacuation.
Boulder remained a refuge for evacuees from the more isolated mountain towns. These refugees filled a church, a YMCA and a high school and crashed on couches around town. Meanwhile, water continued to back up in some parts of town and a water treatment plant remained down Sunday.