Hickenlooper: Colorado rebuilding needs to begin soon

DENVER (AP) _ Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado needs to start rebuilding soon after flooding subsides to get people back in their homes and children back to school.

During an interview on KMGH-TV, the governor said Monday some people estimate it will take more than a year to rebuild damaged buildings and roads and he said Colorado does not have that much time.

Hickenlooper says he is bringing in engineers from Vermont who helped get that state back on its feet quickly following Tropical Storm
Irene two years ago to help guide Colorado's efforts.

Larimer County officials are reporting 482 people missing amid massive flooding, a sharp drop from previous reports of more than 1,000.

The sheriff's office posted the smaller total on its website Sunday. A sheriff's spokesman didn't immediately return calls Monday.

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is reporting more than 1,250 people missing, but officials say that estimate is expected to fall when new figures are announced later Monday.

The missing in Larimer County included 80- and 60-year-old women in the Cedar Cove area of Thompson Canyon east of Estes Park. The sheriff's department says both are presumed dead, which would bring the death total to six.

1,700 homes have been destroyed or damaged in Colorado

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