Colorado Flood Waters May Be Receding, But Danger Remains

Rescuers are braving the flood zone in hazmat suits trying to bring people to safety.
1:21 | 09/18/13

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Now the latest on the floods in colorado where the flood waters are receding but rescuers have gun to put on hazmat suits. Why? Abz meteorologist beginning error zee is right there with them. Reporter: Suiting up and going in. State police in evans, colorado braving the contaminated waters in full hazmat gear. Sounds like the sewage system has been compromised. We don't want to take any chances. Reporter: The health hazard growing, the water infested with chemicals, sewage and bacteria as the flooding recedes. This is the first day we can see the road and sidewalk. Reporter: Crystal and mark brothe, waiting for fema to assess the safety of their neighborhood. We know there's raw animal waste, chemicals from people's garages Reporter: They did get in briefly sunday to save their pets, and it wasn't pretty. The smell was so strong in our house, the fumes set off our carbon monoxide and smoke detector. Reporter: Today, the colorado health department is urging people to stay out of the filthy water, even telling some communities to boil their tap water. Never have wee seen something that's covered such a large area involving hundreds of thousands of square miles and hundreds of thousands of people. Reporter: Ginger zee, abc news, evans, colorado.

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