Airlifts yield to door-to-door searches in Colorado


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Airlifts yield to door-to-door searches in Colorado

CREATED Sep 18, 2013

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado officials say the emergency response to the flood disaster is ending and the long and arduous task of recovery has begun.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said Wednesday that rescue workers are ending "high octane" search-and-rescue operations. Searchers are now going door-to-door and looking through debris piles and vehicles for victims and damage in the flood-scarred areas of the foothills.

Those crews include Federal Emergency Management Agency urban search-and-rescue teams with search dogs and medical supplies.

Lt. Col. Mitch Utterback of the Colorado National Guard says some of the helicopters flying rescue missions may be returned to Fort Carson.

As the airlifts taper off, so have the number of missing. State emergency officials say that number was just over 300 by Wednesday morning.

There have been eight confirmed deaths.