News, September 16th

COLORADO FLOODING UPDATES

FORT COLLINS (AP) – Larimer County officials are reporting 398 people missing amid massive flooding, down 245 from previous estimates. The sheriff’s office says 213 people have been located and 32 other names on the list turned out to be duplicates. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is reporting more than 1,250 people missing statewide, but officials say that estimate is also expected to fall. Four people are confirmed dead.

DENVER (AP) – Helicopter searches and airlifts have resumed as the weather cleared over flood-damaged mountain towns. Ten military helicopters took off from Boulder Municipal Airport this morning after being grounded because of rain and clouds. Colorado National Guard Lt. James Goff says 19 helicopters are available for search-and-rescue operations.

LYONS. (AP) – The Colorado National Guard says six Guard members and nine first responders were stranded in Lyons after they were trapped overnight by flooding. Guard officials say the rescuers are waiting out the flood until they can leave by helicopter or use their high tactical vehicles to cross a river that is still raging in Lyons, northwest of Boulder.

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Crews in Colorado Springs are working to fix a sinkhole estimated to be 35-feet-deep under the driveway of a home. The sinkhole opened up yesterday. No one in the home was injured. City workers tell KOAA-TV that some of the equipment to repair the hole is being trucked in from Denver.

SCHOOL FINANCE BALLOT MEASURE FORUM IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) – Colorado lawmakers sponsoring a measure changing the way public schools in Colorado are financed will be in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday to explain a tax ballot proposal that is before voters this fall. Representatives from area school districts have been invited to meet with state Sen. Mike Johnston and Rep. Millie Hamner.  The tax proposed would raise nearly $1 billion a year for education upgrades, including expanded kindergarten and preschool, and more attention for disabled students and students learning English.  Tomorrow’s forum will be held at the Jeannie Miller Theater at Glenwood Springs High School at 5:30.

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