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2 confirmed dead following last week’s flooding near Cameron Peak Fire burn scar

Furniture can be seen among the debris swept up by the swollen Poudre River in mid-July 2021.
Furniture can be seen among the debris swept up by the swollen Poudre River in mid-July 2021.(CBS Denver)
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 8:26 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 7:07 AM MDT
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KKTV) - A second body has been recovered days following catastrophic flooding in northern Colorado.

Lower water levels over the weekend allowed recovery teams into areas of the Poudre River that had previously been inaccessible, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said. A man’s body was pulled from the river Sunday.

Two people remain missing, sister station CBS Denver says.

The body of a woman swept away in the river was recovered July 21.

All of the missing and deceased are associated with a single home on Black Hollow Drive, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said.

The flash flooding happened happened July 20 along Highway 14 west of Fort Collins. As rain fell near the site of last year’s Cameron Peak Fire -- now the state’s largest burn scar -- the Poudre River swelled until it overflowed, taking trees and debris with it, as dramatic video from a doorbell camera shows:

“A resident from Black Hollow Road described a fairly typical rain coming down just prior to the flooding, which came down Black Hollow Creek. He said that the washing of soil and trees came as a complete surprise. We don’t have a definitive count, but it appears several structures along Black Hollow Road were damaged or destroyed,” Smith said in a Facebook post.

“I personally witnessed significant debris and damage in the area, caused by downed trees, damaged and destroyed homes and mudflow in the area,” he said of what he saw Tuesday night.

Search efforts for the missing continued tirelessly in the five days following the flood. Saturday, dogs and heavy equipment were brought in to sift through the large piles of debris left behind from the storm.

Along with the two victims, an unoccupied car was recovered from the river.

The sheriff’s office said Sunday night that with “evident and planned areas well searched,” search teams would not be fielded again unless new information emerged.

Because of the burn scar, Poudre Canyon remains vulnerable to flash flooding and mudslides anytime a storm rolls through.

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