According to CBS News, residents are being warned that if they do not evacuate now, they may not have another chance — rescuers won’t return for people who refuse to leave.
“We’re not trying to force anyone from their home. We’re not trying to be forceful, but we’re trying to be very factual and definitive about the consequences of their decision, and we hope that they will come down,” Pelle said.
The question is whether or not it’s possible for everyone to leave. If some residents are being confronted with paying hefty fees for rescue, how realistic is that? In this video, when the chopper pilot was told that “this is an emergency,” he replied that there were people less fortunate.
“There’s people that are on oxygen, people that are hurt…that’s an emergency.”
Search efforts are being coordinated between Colorado state personnel and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Approximately 19,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the flood-ravaged towns. The number of people who are unaccounted for has risen to more than 1,000.