Rescue Choppers Grounded in Colo. by Latest Round of Storms | NECN

Rescue Choppers Grounded in Colo. by Latest Round of Storms



    (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN/NBC News: Jay Gray) - Search and recovery teams are hoping for a break in the weather later Monday as they continue to try and reach more than a thousand people stranded by flood waters in northern Colorado.

    Hundreds of families have again been pushed from their northern Colorado homes.

    Because the rain won't leave, swollen creeks and rivers are rising again.

    The water has swallowed cars and roadways, and grounded a squadron of rescue choppers that before the latest round of storms had pulled more than a thousand survivors to safety.

    "Eight hundred people still in the county waiting to be evacuated. They have made contact to be evacuated as soon as we can fly," says incident commander Shane Del Grosso.

    Across the flood zone, more than a thousand still need a way out.

    So FEMA teams load up and move-in on the ground where they can.

    "A big part of their job is going to be supplement search and rescue. They’re going to go house to house and physically search," Del Crosso says.

    It's a mission that is wearing physically and emotionally on first responders.

    "How can we ever recover from this? I know exactly. Inch by inch, mile by mile, community by community,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said as he teared up a bit.

    Communities that in many areas right now are still underwater.