Colorado Floods: The Rescue Efforts and the Challenges Ahead

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A road washed away in Colorado due to recent flooding. (Nurpu/flickr)

Severe flooding and mudslides in Colorado have led to at least five deaths, as well as the destruction or damage of nearly 20,000 homes across 15 counties.

Since last Wednesday, 12,000 people have been evacuated and at least 400 have been rescued by helicopter in what’s become the largest aerial rescue operation since Hurricane Katrina.

But hundreds of other residents are still unaccounted for, and teams are working round the clock locate and rescue the lost and stranded.

Heather Hansen, a resident of Boulder, CO currently staying in Ft. Collins and author of "Disappearing Destinations," a book about environmental damage around the world, joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges ahead.


Heather Hansen

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.