Focus shifts to finding missing after Colorado floods

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A Colorado Department of Transportation helicopter crew has been surveying damage, said department spokesman Ashley Mohr.

County officials have started their own damage tallies: 654 miles of roads in Weld County bordering Wyoming, 150 miles of roads in the Boulder County foothills, along with hundreds of bridges, culverts and canals.

Dale Miller, road and bridge director for Larimer County, said it could compare to the damage wrought by a 1976 flood that killed 144 people. It took two years to rebuild after that disaster.

State officials have put initial estimates at more than 19,000 homes damaged or destroyed throughout the flooded areas.

• Ben Neary reported from Cheyenne, Wyo. Associated Press writer Matt Volz in Denver contributed to this article.

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