What we know: Colorado’s floods, by the numbers

 Monday, September 16, 2013

 Los Angeles Times

Wretched weather continued to hamper rescue efforts in Colorado on Sunday as officials released damage estimates illustrating the magnitude of the disaster. By the numbers, here’s some analysis of what we know about Colorado’s floods, along with what we don’t. Number of fatalities: 5. This is the official statewide figure reported by the Colorado Office of Emergency Management as of Sunday evening, but some state officials have hinted that they expect the death toll to rise. A more informal total of six presumed dead was circulating around the media on Sunday. Larimer County officials said an 80-year-old woman reportedly had been swept away by the floodwaters. If confirmed, she would be the disaster’s sixth victim.