The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Nation & World

September 17, 2013

Anxious waiting for word of missing in Colo floods

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LYONS, Colo. —

Some mountain residents, however, criticized the list, saying a website was the last thing on their minds after days of precarious existence and evacuation by zip-line, helicopter or military truck.

Families and friends are likely to suffer from acute stress as they wait, and should have access to emergency psychological first aid through FEMA, said Robyn Gershon, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who researches disasters.

"The toll on both the person whose missing — knowing that their families are worried— and the family and friends waiting to hear is horrific," she said, adding, "Every minute will seem like a day."

Some stranded residents are going to great lengths to reassure their loved ones. Gondalo Orejel's childhood friend and roommate hiked to a satellite phone in a mountain quarry on Saturday to let him know he was safe.

"It was the first time I smiled since it happened," said Orejel, who lives in Lyons but was visiting Boulder when the flood struck.

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