DISASTERS: Now, There's Nothing There

In a cabin somewhere down below, he had spent his honeymoon. Now he could not find the cabin—or much of anything else. Gazing through the window of a helicopter, Colorado's Governor Richard Lamm, 41, stared in silence at the apocalyptic scene along the banks of the Big Thompson River—splayed bridges, kindling from hundreds of vanished homes, hulks of cars turned upside down like giant beetles. "We found a hotel ledger this morning that showed 23 paying guests," he said finally to TIME Correspondent David De Voss. "But we can't find the people....

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