Videos: Startling aerial footage of flooding in Lyons, Longmont

Colorado Office of Emergency Management numbers have changed since our publication of a flooding update 24 hours ago -- some for the better (648 people remain unaccounted for, as opposed to 1,253 yesterday), the most important one for the worse (confirmed fatalities have gone up from five to eight). But to truly grasp the scope of this natural disaster, one needs to see it from above. To that end, we've grouped a dozen aerial clips shared by videographer Payton Peterson over Longmont and Lyons in recent days.
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