17 Sep 2013

Seven dead, hundreds missing in Colorado floods

9:47 pm on 17 September 2013

Seven people have been confirmed dead in the worst flooding in the American state of Colorado in generations, officials say.

Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for and in Lyons, the epicentre of the flood zone, helicopters buzz constantly as they head out to evacuate people from mountain areas where they've been stranded for days, many without electricity and running water.

Operations had been hindered by a continuous downpour which, over five days, brought more rain to the semi-arid region than it usually has in a year.

Lyons resident David Tiller is one of hundreds whose home is beyond repair.

"There was nothing salvageable, really," he said.

Officials from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency are on the ground assessing the damage and allocating funds to the worst-hit areas.