Buffalo, NY -- The deadly flood waters are still very high in Colorado. Parts of towns were cleared away by the rushing waters. Helicopters are rescuing people and still searching for those missing.
The flooding began a week ago with mountainous spots getting record rain. More than 21 inches has fallen on places such as Boulder.
The massive amounts of water ran downstream through canyons, taking out portions of small towns such as Jamestown. Rivers swelled over their banks and flooded more towns at lower elevations.
Counties like Larimer, Weld, and Boulder are among the hardest hit. Several people have been killed, hundreds more are still missing, 18,000 homes damaged, and more than 1,500 houses destroyed.
Some officials are calling it a 1000 year flood, and say the flood waters cover a space almost as large as the state of Connecticut.
So far, eight dams have been destroyed and thousands of people evacuated. Dozens of helicopters have carried more than 1000 people to safety, reportedly the largest air rescue since Hurricane Katrina.
Even with the dry skies Tuesday, it may take weeks for the flood waters to finally recede.
The local American Red Cross in Buffalo and Rochester sent volunteers out to Colorado on Tuesday to help out.