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.

Guests:

Heather Hansen

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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