Rescue, Cleanup Underway in Flooded Boulder, Colo.

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Major rescue plans are in the works Monday in the Boulder, Colo., area where historic flooding has entire towns crumbling. More than a thousand people are missing and at least six people are reported dead.

Despite a clear weather forecast for Monday, floodwaters still stretch across 15 counties, displacing more than 11,000 people.

"The question now is how we can recover from this," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said. "I know mile by mile, inch by inch, they're taking this stuff back."

Cleanup is now underway, but local authorities warn it could take months to repair damaged or totally destroyed roads, highways, and bridges.

CBN's Operation Blessing teams, which arrived in Boulder this weekend, partnered with Boulder Valley Christian Church to help victims.

To find out how you can help Operation Blessing with their relief efforts, visit their website.

"There's homes that have been completely destroyed and there's tons of homes that look fine but the sewers have backed up and so you just have streets full of people with flooded basements," Boulder Valley Christian Church's Matt Carlson said.

"And there are thousands of families hit by mudslides, by floodwater coming in and by sewage coming up from their basements," he added.

Boulder's city sewer system is so overrun with water, it can't keep up. Carlson's church was able to donate hoses and pumps to some residents to keep the sewage water from filling their basements.

"It's a good reminder that our church family is able to come around people when they need (it)," flood victim Stephanie McArthur said.

"And I know there's a lot of people in the church who have had flooding also and to see them stepping out and offering help when their own homes are flooding is I think just a really good picture of what I think Jesus would want us to do for our neighbors," she said.

Operation Blessing purchased cleaning supplies for the Boulder Valley Christian Church so teams can continue to go out and help members of the congregation.

The charity aid group is also partnering with other churches across the flooded region, including Life Bridge Church in Longmont.

"This church is just full of activity," Jody Gettys, director of Operation Blessing's disaster relief, said. "This weekend it's had its normal five services, but in addition it's opened its doors and they're reaching out to their community, their neighbors who are going through such devastating times."

Operation Blessing provided the church with a $10,000 cash grant to help them house evacuees and get the emergency and relief supplies they need to help others.

Meanwhile, more rescue efforts are underway in other parts of Boulder County. Many flooded areas have been unreachable because of the weather.

The National Guard is encouraging stranded residents to use white sheets, flares or other reflective items to signal to pilots.

How You Can Help:

Donate to Operation Blessing

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