Colorado flood death toll rises to 8; Biden tours damage

2:22 PM, Sep 23, 2013   |    comments
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The official death toll tied to catastrophic Colorado flooding earlier this month rose to eight Monday after authorities recovered the body of a woman swept away by a wall of water 10 days ago.

The body of Evelyn Starner, a missing 79-year old Cedar Cove woman, was found at Saturday afternoon on the bank of the Big Thompson River, according to John Schulz, Larimer County Sheriff Department's spokesman.

The woman's death is the first confirmed fatality attributed to the floods in Larimer County, Schulz said. Four fatalities were reported in Boulder County, two in El Paso County and one in Clear Creek County.

There were more than 1,200 people listed as unaccounted for when the floods began, but rescuers have successfully contacted many of the people on the list, the Associated Press reported.

In Larimer County, six people are still unaccounted for, meaning no one has heard from them since Sept. 11, when the floods began. Two other people - a 60-year-old woman from Cedar Cove and a 46-year-old man from Drake - are missing and presumed to be dead, Schulz said.

Vice President Joe Biden is in Colorado on Monday to tour the damage that spans nearly 2,000 square miles. Biden met with Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Colorado Air National Guard hangar and will later Monday be joined by Federal Emergency Management officials to survey the most devastated regions via helicopter.

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