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12:40 AM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Reports say more than 1,000 people in Colorado are unaccounted for as of Sunday evening after severe flooding nearly drowned out part of the state.

At least four people have died this week in the flood waters.

WTSP 10 News' Facebook page has been filling with comments from viewers sending pictures of the friends and family members living in Colorado affected by the floods.

Many viewers have also sent their prayers.

10 News talked with Jennifer Gilley who lives in Aurora, Colorado.

"It's been crazy this week," said Gilley. "There was hail yesterday and I have watched cars float down the street in front of my house with my husband."

She sent 10 News a couple pictures of her back yard and her front yard.

"It looks like a six foot wide creek flooding through my backyard, our dog doesn't want to go outside." 

She said she feels lucky they are dry and safe after watching her neighbors 35 minutes away in Boulder being washed away.

"It's been so awful over there and now we are seeing it here with my neighbors' basements flooding too."

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office also had an emotional press conference when they talked about their rescue efforts the last few days.

"I feel a lot of hope," said Deputy Justin Smith. "A lot of real energy yesterday, because the question ahead is how can we ever recover from this? And I know exactly inch by inch, mile by mile, community by community, they are taking this stuff back. They're doing it, people are doing it. People are getting things done." 

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