Colorado fifth-graders feared lost to deadly flood waters reunited with parents as hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for

Nina Gologowski – New York Daily News – Tuesday, 17 September 2013 (originally published 15 Sept )

Mothers embracing children
Parents embrace a group of 85 students from Fireside Elementary School that was stranded when the roads beneath their campsite got washed out by floods. Image: ABC

President Obama has declared the area of Colorado a disaster as floods continue to wash out homes and roads, stranding residents who will now be left to find food and shelter on their own, having ignored warnings to evacuate.

Scores of fifth-graders once feared lost to Colorado’s deadly flood waters were reunited with their parents Saturday after a field trip to the mountains turned into a harrowing three-day rescue involving the National Guard.

The parents of 85 students from Fireside Elementary School in Louisville couldn’t get their arms around their children fast enough after heavy rains trapped the group Wednesday in the mountains of Jamestown . . .

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