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Flooding, death toll rise in Colorado
The death toll in Colorado is rising -- up to six tonight -- with floodwaters claiming the life of an 80-year-old woman.
The rains came again today to parts of the state still soaking from torrential downpours last week. Rescue efforts on a massive scale are credited with keeping fatalities low -- but the misery level keeps climbing.
From the sky over Colorado -- more rain -- and more ruin.
The wet weather even threw hail into the mix Sunday. You can hear the alarm in this schoolgirl's voice as her bus hits water. For some Coloradians -- something good from the sky -- rescue.
More than 1,700 flood victims have been flown out of harm's way.
"I think this is more people rescued by helicopter since Katrina," said Lt. Colonel Mitch Utterback, Colorado National Guard
Here, 85 students were snatched to safety from the rising floodwaters.
"We have a large number of helicopters and air support, which is unfortunately the only way to execute many of these rescues .... " said Sheriff Joe Pelle of Boulder County.
Why is speed so important? Time lapse photography shows the treacherous water inundating this farmland in less than half an hour.
This family made it out in the nick of time.
Four-legged friends are also among the victims.
"I think we lost three baby calves and two kittens," said Valerie Elliott.
Good samaritans saved this two-year-old quarter horse stranded for 24 hours in freezing water. They used inner tubes to float him to dry ground. And they are staying by his side.
"I don't have kids, but I have animals and I love animals, I know I helped
a family out, looked like they were have to leave their animals behind," said Deputy Dan Perusek of Weld County.
That's the spirit bringing people together, too.
"Inch by inch, community by community we are taking our community back," said Sheriff Justin Smith of Larimer County.