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Death toll up to 8 in Colo. flooding

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (center) listens to Korby Bracken, director of environmental safety for Anadarko, as they assess the damage to oil containers, Sunday in Longmont, Colo., where floodwaters damaged them and caused them to leak oil.

DENVER (AP) – A 79-year-old woman whose house was swept away by the Big Thompson River was found dead on the riverbank, authorities said Monday, bringing to eight the death toll from the massive flooding in Colorado.

As the number of people unaccounted-for dwindled to six, Vice President Joe Biden viewed the devastation from a helicopter before meeting with disaster workers.

“I promise you, I promise you, there will be help,” Biden said, trying to mute concerns that a possible federal government shutdown could derail relief efforts.

The latest victim was identified as Evelyn M. Starner. Larimer County authorities said she drowned and suffered blunt force trauma. Starner was previously listed as missing and presumed dead.

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