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The flooding progressed downstream and spread onto the prairie through the weekend. The rain gorged South Platte River continued to top its banks on Monday, submerging large tracts of farmland as flooding rolled eastward toward Nebraska.
Meanwhile, standing water left Omega Seamaster Gmt Chronograph by the floods was expected to cause significant damage to crops in the predominantly agricultural communities of Morgan County, northeast of Denver.
State officials would be unable to assess the overall damage until rescue efforts were complete and the floodwaters had receded, said Micki Trost, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Emergency Management.
Separately, El Paso Pipeline Partners' Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG) unit said it had taken two of its gas pipelines out of service after flooding exposed parts of two of them.
Much of the evacuation effort was focused on remote foothill and canyon communities in north central Colorado, where the bulk of nearly 12,000 people evacuated since last week were stranded due to washed out roads, bridges and communication lines, Omega Seamaster Watches For Sale
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Boulder County officials confirmed 108 homes were destroyed in the hard hit town of Lyons but had no countywide property loss figures.
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The rest were ferried out by military vehicles. Many of the air lifted evacuees had to be hoisted by hovering helicopters one at a time from rooftops and upper floor balconies, she said.
Search and rescue teams bolstered by National Guard troops fanned out across Colorado's flood stricken landscape on Monday, as a week of torrential rains blamed for eight deaths and the destruction of at least 1600 homes finally gave way to sunny skies.
The latest count included two women, aged 60 and 80, who were reported missing and presumed dead since Sunday, after their homes were washed away by floodwaters in the Big Thompson Canyon area of Larimer County.
State officials issued flood warnings to Nebraska residents urging them to shut off utilities and electrical machinery along the river.
At the peak of the disaster the heaviest deluge to hit the region in four decades, experts said floodwaters roared down rain saturated mountainsides northwest of Denver and spilled through canyons funnelling the runoff into populated areas below.
Nearly 600 people remained unaccounted for in Larimer and Boulder counties combined, with many believed to be still stranded in remote areas cut off by floodwaters and left without telephone, cell phone or internet service, officials said.
Colorado floods claim eight lives
In its latest update on the disaster, the Colorado Office of Emergency Management said the official death toll had risen to eight, up from five over the weekend.
Canadian energy giant Encana Corp said it has shut down 397 of the more than 1200 wells it operates in the basin as a result of flooding. And Anadarko Petroleum Corp said it had ceased operations on 600 of its wells in the area.
An estimated 1500 homes have been destroyed and 4500 damaged in Larimer County alone, emergency management spokeswoman Jennifer Hillmann said. In addition, 200 businesses have been lost and 500 damaged, she said, citing preliminary assessments by the county.
Local environmental activists have raised concerns about potential leaks of gas, oil and hazardous materials from well sites and other energy facilities compromised by flooding.
Air rescue operations were the largest in the United States since flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, National Guard officials said.
The flooding already has disrupted oil and natural gas production in the fossil fuel rich region of eastern Colorado known as the Jenver Julesburg Basin, several energy companies reported on Monday.
Larimer and Boulder counties bore the brunt of flash floods first unleashed last week by heavy rains that started last Monday and drenched Colorado's biggest urban centres along a 210 km stretch in the Front Range of the Rockies.
evacuated to emergency shelters as of Sunday night and another 160 on Monday, most of them by helicopter, county emergency management office spokeswoman Liz Donaghey said.
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Drizzle and morning fog that had hampered airborne emergency operations early on Monday lifted by afternoon, allowing National Guard helicopters to return to the skies to help ground teams find trapped flood victims and carry them to safety.
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