Colo. Schools Re-Open as Many Struggle to Rebuild

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The number of people missing in the Colorado floods has dropped to about 200.

While rescuers continue efforts to reach victims, electricity and phone services are being restored to homes that are still standing.

In Boulder, most schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day recess. The district said there will be challenges at some schools, but they can get through them with patience, good humor, and flexibility.

Douglas Elementary School Principal Jon Wolfer said some of the school's staff was impacted by the floods and will be out doing some repairs on their houses. Still, he said,"it's great to be back."

Only two Boulder schools remain closed.

Meanwhile, CBN's Operation Blessing is helping flood victims with the huge and difficult task of cleaning up after the disaster destroyed their homes.

The charity aid organization is on the ground working with Life Bridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., to train and send volunteers into the areas devastated by the floods.

When Operation Blessing arrived at Life Bridge, hundreds of residents of the nearby town Lyons were lined up outside the church. They were waiting to get access credentials from the sheriff's department so they could head back home.

Lyons has very restricted access, and some of the residents were going back for the first time since the floods.

For others, it was the first time they left Lyons, despite mandatory evacuation orders a week ago. Many said their homes were okay, but they were cut off from civilization because of the damage caused to roads and bridges.

Operation Blessing is working hand in hand with Life Bridge, training and equipping their staff on how to manage volunteers and generator work orders in order to meet the needs of residents.

They are also buying safety gear, tools, and clean-up supplies to support approximately 1000 volunteers over the weekend, and to continually run 100-200 volunteers daily.

Life Bridge Church was thankful and appreciative for the group's partnership, support, and training.

Operation Blessing will continue training and equipping churches to improve their relief work in the coming days.

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