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hello again, fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories we're following for you. raging waters, rising fears in colorado. more than 170 people are unaccounted for. the emergency crews are scrambling to reach people stranded by flood waters. and a diplomatic deal to destroy syria's chemical weapons. the u.s. and russia agree on a plan, but what happens if the assad government doesn't follow through? and investigating the inferno that swept across the iconic boardwalk. officials sift through the ashes for clues, and jersey shore businesses face the challenges of rebuilding again. historic flood waters are starting to recede, but the nightmare is far from over. hundreds of people in mountain communities near boulder are stranded, awaiting rescue.
days of record breaking rain tore through towns leaving people isolated with no way out. at least four people died as a result of flooding. 172 others are missing. this video gives an idea how challenging the situation is. firefighters in their own vehicle, hit by walls of water there, as they try to drive through a street in longmont. ten miles to the east in lyons, 100 people, including children, have been rescued by air, by the national guard. and with the rescues, some are revealing some very amazing stories of survival. >> there's been some incredible stories. we rescued a young couple yesterday from lyons. the young lady's pregnant, her due date is tomorrow. we got her out of lyons, got her to a home in longmont and her water broke last night. there's personal stories coming out of this that make all of
this very, very rewarding. >> incredible close call there. 7,000 people have been rescued from longmont, colorado alone. cnn's george howell is there. paint a picture for us, what's happening there? >> reporter: fred, let's look at this because this really kind of tells the story. this path, this tunnel that you see a low clearance of 8 feet. look how high the water is there. this could be possibly 6 feet. let's listen to see if we can tell, listen close. sounds pretty deep. you get a sense there's a lot of water rushing through. and pan also, look under that sidewalk, all of the mud scalloped out and sent down into this creek. and that's the problem. when you have flood waters out here, you have rocks, big rocks at times, tree branches, could cause a problem for cars that get caught in the currents. that's the issue, too. this is a good shot, too.
when you see how powerful the water is, rushing downhill, that's what is cutting off so many different communities. in jamestown, at least 200 people are still waiting to be rescued. we know that this is something that could take time because you can't drive into these communities, you just can't through this type of flow, so this could take some days. and we expect more rain in the forecast. now is the time for officials to do everything they can to get to people to get them to safety. >> and george, what do you know about the rescue operations, how they're able to get to people that are stranded. >> reporter: right, we were talking to the national guard yesterday about their use of helicopters. right now they say it is a matter of mission critical, it is get to go the different communities using the resources that they have. they're limited, but they're using those resources to get into those towns to get people out, make sure that people have the necessary food, water, things they need until the water
recedes or they can get them out to safety. those rescue missions are still on-going. we still have the sunlight, no rain, but yeah, it is still a matter of getting people out to safety. >> it is a dangerous situation for the rescuers, too. george howell, thanks so much. appreciate that. check back with you later on. >> thank you. let's go to the cnn severe weather center. alexandra steele. more rain in the region, you're saying it won't present too much of a problem? >> two more days of rain, a few more inches. fred, george makes so many salient points, one being the power of water. you saw it ferociously moving. six inches alone of water can wipe a person off their feet and make you lose control of your car. also when he threw that bolde n bolder in the water, that was at least 6 feet of water. the power of the water, this is a fire truck driving through the water. you're watching this car here. you can see how high that water
is. i mean, it is at least six feet high. the pictures are staggering. the national weather service in their discussion on the weather a few days ago called it biblical. really, it is historic. let me talk about why it is actually happening. this is the water vapor imagery. meteorologists use this to analyze the atmosphere. but what you can see is where it is brown here, it is very dry. conversely, where we have all of this moisture streaming up from el paso to albuquerque to denver, up from new mexico to colorado and in to texas, what's happening is moisture is getting trapped here, and there's no movement in this area of high pressure or low pressure. this low pressure is cut off from main circulation. it is like a car stranded. there's nothing to push it forward. that's what's happened for days, allowed for a foot of rain to fall. finally we're going to see progression with this. finally get moving.
still, all of that being said, a few more inches, two to three inches of rain is expected. look at what we have seen so far. to give you perspective, boulder in the month of september gets 1.6 inches on average. almost 15 inches. really it has been an inordinate amount of rain, and unfortunately today and tomorrow again more rain is in the forecast. then finally by monday we see things begin to clear up. fred? >> okay. good to see that off on the horizon. thanks so much. president barack obama says the agreement on a plan to destroy syria's chemical weapons is a significant step. in a statement a short time ago he said, quote, while we have made important progress, much more work remains to be done. the united states will continue working with russia, the united kingdom, france, united nations and others to ensure this process is verifiable and that there are consequences should the assad regime not comply with
the framework agreed to today. and if diplomacy fails, the united states remains prepared to act. that statement coming from the white house. u.s. secretary of state john kerry, russian foreign minister sergei lavrov say they reached an agreement in the third day of talks in geneva, switzerland. kerry says a key point was agreeing on the size of syria's chemical arsenal. >> we have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the assad regime, and we are committed to the rapid assumption of control by the international community of those weapons. >> senior international correspondent matthew chance joins us from geneva. matthew, this agreement sets an ambitious timetable for syria to act. in as early as a week there are demands being placed.
>> reporter: yeah, that's right. it is incredibly ambitious, in fact, even in a country that wasn't ravaged by the kind of civil war that syria is witnessing. in a week from now, syria has to compile and submit a list of all chemical weapons sites and all its stockpiles of chemical weapons as well, that's a task in itself, one of the biggest sort of uses and producers of chemical weapons in the world. u.n. inspectors are under this agreement anticipated to be on the ground as early as november to verify that list, that it is accurate, that nothing is mistagged. also production facilities and mixing facilities with chemical weapons, they're supposed to be destroyed by november as well, with a view to totally eliminate chemical weapons in syria by middle of next year. still some months away, but again, it is a very complex and technical operation, destroying chemical weapons. usually the u.n. chemical weapons treaty gives countries a decade to complete that process.
what's being anticipated in this agreement is as early as 2014, first half of 2014. >> matthew, help us understand the u.s. threat of military action, whether that remains, how that would remain given what the agreement framework spells out. >> reporter: yeah, i think this issue was slightly fudged by various parties there, and the reason is this, that the united states said that they believed the threat of -- credible threat of force against syria was one of the only reasons the parties are at the negotiating table now, and the u.s. still believes it is the threat of force, credible threat of force that will push syria into doing what it said it is going to do. russia, on the other hand, saw this as a red line, said you can't expect a country like syria to disarm, when another country, the u.s. is preparing potential military strikes against it, so it wouldn't go along with any agreement if the u.s. continued with the threat.
so in terms of this agreement, there will be no threat of the u.s. to carry out military strikes, but washington retains the right to unilaterally strike if syria doesn't comply. >> and the president's statement today underscoring that. matthew chance, thank you so much for that from geneva. straight ahead, it took months to rebuild after superstorm sandy, one night to destroy the new jersey boardwalk. margaret conley is live for us in seaside heights. >> reporter: that's right, fred. the residents say they're resilient, they're going to rebuild. we'll share one business person's story after the break. mr. goldman loved his family a lot, didn't he dad? he sure did. that's why he had state farm life insurance. like you. so his family never has to worry, right? mr. goldman didn't have life insurance. why not? well, he's just a goldfish.
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nashville. the the driver, a 22-year-old. it is a horrible loss. >> life has not always been easy for him. this was a great place for him and he made it a great place by being here. >> the school is nothing but a big family. everybody knew him. bright smile. >> couple better land sheriff says says the suspect was on parole from a conviction in 2009. collecting best photos of the manhunt for the boston marathon suspects. they plan to use the pictures in a calendar to raise money for police work. people that live in the city where one of the suspects was captured can go to the watertown police foundation website to submit photos of the
confrontation and arrest. the calendar will sell for $13 each. the deadline for photo submissions is september 30th. there's rekindling overnight in the fire that destroyed dozens of shops on new jersey's iconic boardwalk, but flames haven't been extinguished and certainly has not extinguished the heart of the people. they say they will come back. this is the front page of new jersey star-ledger. amazing shot of the board walk with the headline "we'll make new memories." margaret conley is live for us at seaside heights, new jersey. margaret, you have been talking to business owners that say that they are determined to make a come back? >> reporter: yes. residents are very determined here. you can see the remains of the fire here. they're still smoldering, fred. investigators are going through the rubble, trying to figure out what the cause of that fire is. we understand from the police officials here on the scene that
it could take days before they're able to get to that cause. meanwhile, residents are resilient. they're a little still in shock. we talked to one business owner. he is planning to rebuild. seaside heights was rebuilt with optimism that the board walk was stronger than the storm. less than a year later, livelihoods have been destroyed again. residents are in shock after they watched their businesses birn to ash. >> there was nothing i could do about it. >> reporter: dennis, owner opened on the board walk in 1992, lost at least $40,000 in merchandise. he has to start from scratch. damages from the fire are at least another $30,000. seeing damage up close the first time since the fire, he says this time the damage will take longer to repair. >> sandy wasn't bad. we were able to get back in
business as soon as we had a boardwalk in front of us, cleanup wasn't as bad. this, you look at my building now, clearly it is going to have to be cleaned up a lot. there's nothing left except for a shell, and it is not even a whole shell in its entirety. >> reporter: his stall a few feet from where firefighters built the trench that stopped the fire from spreading. >> the fire was traveling underneath the boardwalk. >> yeah. the fire traveled under the boardwalk. got it contained to a certain point, but once it was in my building, they couldn't get to the basement to put the fire out in the building, it would have been unsafe for them. >> what was in the basement? >> my plush merchandise, everything else. a lot of valuable stuff that was conducive for me to run my business. >> reporter: governor christie is going to meet with business owners and local authorities like chris that we met in that package. they're going to meet in about
20 minutes. fred? >> thanks so much, margaret conley. keep us posted on that. appreciate it. overseas, russia takes the lead on solving the crisis in syria, all eyes are now on vladimir putin. and a group of american journalists and academic experts are on their way to russia to meet with him. we'll talk with one of the professors next. vo: at meineke we know that oil is the lifeblood of every car.
cable. the arizona senator has tentatively agreed to write a column in a russian newspaper in response to mr. putin's column. mccain is known for criticism of the russian president, and will likely reflect his negative views. next week we'll get a better view of the russian, u.s. relationship and russia's role in the syrian crisis. a group of journalists are headed to russia for a meeting with president vladimir putin and other top officials. georgetown professor angela stint is making the trip, says the crisis in syria makes this year's sit down all the more important. all right, professor, you're not going as a representative of u.s. government, instead, as a professor of the united states university, but do you feel like there's going to be this kind of open conversation between russian officials and you and
other representatives of u.s. colleges and universities? >> yes, well, i hope so. as far as i know, there aren't any u.s. government officials attending this meeting, at least from washington. there could be people from our embassy in moscow. yes, it is going to be a discussion between the different american experts who are there and the russians themselves. since this is an international gathering, we're going to have people from the region there, too, i'm sure we're going to hear a lot of critical comments about u.s. policy, we'll certainly hear them from the russians, mr. putin wrote this article published in "the new york times," an op-ed piece that was critical of the united states. i assume we're going to have a lively dialogue and there will be quite a lot of controversy. >> and trust is a big issue in the diplomatic dialogues. now president assad is throwing in one more condition that the u.s. would need to abide by, meaning not supplying any more weapons to rebels, et cetera.
do you think that these diplomatic talks are trustworthy? do you feel like the u.s. should have high expectations that diplomacy could prevail here? >> i think the u.s. is in a very difficult position at the moment because we have a country that's deeply divided, a congress deeply divided, and it is hard for the president to go ahead and order a military strike under these circumstances, so we really don't have any other choice but to try diplomacy once again. and mr. kerry and mr. lavrov agreed a couple months ago there should be a conference in geneva where all the different sides should come together to try and talk about how you end the civil war. i think we have to continue with all these diplomatic negotiations, but i think we also have to probably set some internal timelines, how long are we prepared to wait until we have proof that assad is giving up the chemical weapons before we say let's get to the next
stage of this. so i think we should, you know, that president obama himself quoted president reagan, trust but verify. so i think we need to go ahead and enter the discussions, but at some point we need to be sure there's a real goodwill on all sides to move forward and it isn't just a stalling tactic. >> what's your view on the motivation of putin? we know his history, formerly kgb investigator and leading the kgb at one time. do you feel like he is trying to bring peace to the region, save the world, so to speak, or is there some other ulterior motive in your view? >> well, i think putin's major motive, since he became president in the year 2000, is to restore russia's role as a great power, as a power that's respected, and whose views are listened to on all major crises, and that wasn't so in the '90s, and i think from russia's point of view hasn't been so very much
in the 2000s, particularly if you look at iraq and libya. i think that's part of his motivation is to make russia relevant to ensure it has a leading role. now, he is also concerned about instability in the region. the russians would not like president assad to step aside unless they know that whatever follows him is going to again ensure stability and prevent radical jihadists coming to power. i think the other goal is to ensure that doesn't happen, because if you did have extremist elements come to power after assad, then that could have a major impact on the region and on russia itself, which has a fairly restive islamic population. there are several motives. and frankly, this has been a great opportunity for putin because the u.s. is so divided over this issue, that he managed to step in, present russia is the potential peace maker and as taking the initiative on this
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bottom of the hour, welcome back. fredricka whitfield. catastrophic flooding in colorado left at least four people dead, 172 people missing. right now, emergency crews are trying to reach hundreds stranded by raging waters near boulder. the situation is precarious. flood waters have washed out roads, taken out homes. and even more rain is forecast through the weekend. president obama called a plan to destroy syria's chemical weapons, quote, an important concrete step. the u.s. and russia agreed to a framework deal that calls for syria to come clean about its stockpiles of chemical weapons within a week, and international inspectors must be on the ground in syria no later than november. number three, a destructive fire turned part of new jersey's boardwalk into a pile of ash and smoke. but business owners there say they will bounce back, just like they did when hurricane sandy destroyed their shops and restaurants less than a year
ago. an investigation is now under way to find out how this fire started. and number four. united airlines' mistake is a lucky break for travelers. the airline says it will honor free fare tickets. a company representative says human error led to united selling tickets as low as $5, charging just airport and security fees. the mistake was on united's website about two hours thursday, only on domestic flights. and college football's game of the year, alabama crimson tide hopes to do what no college has done before, that's win three consecutive national championships. but they face heisman trophy winner johnny manziel, and texas a&m. they're the only team that beat them last year. back to the historic flooding in colorado. right now, emergency crews are trying to reach hundreds of people around the boulder area
stranded by raging flood waters. boulder received a year's worth of rain in just days. roads are washed out and entire communities isolated. ten miles away in longmont, the challenge is getting through flood waters. you see it there. watch what firefighters encountered in their truck with water splashing against the truck's windshield. as we said, at least four people killed, 172 people are still unaccounted for, after the unprecedented rainfall. more than 800 people have been rescued national guard. so with many roads now passable as we understand, a lot of rescues are being done by air. hundreds of evacuations have been taking place in jamestown and lyons. we have two incredible rescue stories from those communities. first, here is eric egan from kusa. >> reporter: pulled from home,
survivors, a few at a time flown out of jamestown friday by helicopter. it is the only way in or out of that community. >> you can't get to it at all because the river, the creek is now like four different rivers going through town. >> reporter: boulder county is relying on air support to fly humanitarian aid into jamestown and give these people a break since the floods hit. >> we are going to be heavily dependent on air operations for quite awhile. the roadways aren't simply blocked by mud slides or rockslides, the roadways are in fact in many places completely gone. >> reporter: at boulder municipal airport, those evacuated clung to friends and the few prized possessions they could grab before being airlifted out. the damage left behind described in a word. >> devastating. >> reporter: the rain made a monster out of little ann creek.
>> yesterday it was terrifying. they said you have to get out now. >> reporter: the johnson family is one of 7,000 families here in longmont ordered to flee the rising waters from the river, a usually mild mannered creek. they overhauled the creek, hoping to improve flood mitigation, reducing risk to life and property. longmont may be reeling from the storm, but the community is reaching out to neighboring lyons which faired worse. they tend to be prepared for emergencies. >> had water and kerosene lamp. >> reporter: when the national guard comes to your doorstep, you know it is time to go. >> that was kusa reporter cory rose. straight ahead, phillippe queues tow and his team in the dwindling rainforest of sumatra.
his visit to an ar ang tang sanctuary that's working to reintroduce them in the wild. first, anthony bourdain visits jerusalem, west bank and gaza in the premier of "parts unknown" and takes a drive with a member of the all girls street racing team. >> elsewhere in the west bank, just outside of ramala, meet betty and mona. two members of a group of women that call themselves the speed sisters. the first all female palestinian racing team. >> hi. >> good to meet you.
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expedition sumatra is a half hour feature program unlike any other on cnn. for the next eight weeks, viewers will follow phillippe cousteau and his team as they explore the dwindling rainforest of sumatra, to find out why this land is worth saving. on the first episode, phillippe and the team visit an orangutan sanctuary, they're getting ready to release bobo, the endangers orangutan into the wild. >> reporter: with great anticipation, we enter the area of the sanctuary where the orangutans are kept. six live here, three males, two females and a baby. then we meet bobo. he has no idea what an incredible day we have in store for him. there are still several things that need to happen to make sure the day is a success, and first
getting an orangutan like bobo into a small crate will be a big challenge. but the rangers have a plan. bobo hasn't been fed this morning, the rangers hope to lure him in the crate by giving him fruit. we move away from bobo's area and keep a respectful distance while the rangers attempt to coax him into the crate. it takes several minutes, but the rangers are able to lure bobo into the crate and one step closer to freedom. amidst the action, i can't help but notice this adorable baby orangutan. >> that is quite possibly one of the most extraordinary, precious, beautiful things i've ever seen in my entire life. >> reporter: it is easy to see how people may want them as pets, but doing so is a crime against nature and robs this
remarkable species of its future, highly endangered, there are only about 6,000 left in the wild. by setting bobo free, i just can't help but feel pride that we're undoing a terrible wrong our fellow humans have committed and giving hope to the future. >> joining me now, cnn special correspondent phillippe cousteau. phillippe, good to see you. now i want to know, what happened, how are you tracking bobo and even the baby? >> reporter: well, all of the orangutans at the camp are part of a process that they rescue orangutans have been in illegal trade and species and train them for years. baby orangutans spend years with their mother before they learn to be one in the wild. bobo, we unveil some news later
about bobo, but many of them are hanging out around the camp, have gone on to be successful. i believe that the franklin zoological society released around 140 plus orangutans into the area, there are only about 6,000 orangutans left. the releases are important. in the next report, you see bobo and working with young orangutans, teach them to suck ter moisture out of the wood. teach them to live in the jungle with different foods to eat. we chronicle that. it is an amazing place, hard to get to, but worth it. >> tell me about that journey. it sounds like you're going to be revealing an awful lot to us about endangered species, at the same time sadly you have to break our hearts as well, but give us an idea about the journey and all that was invested to capture these images, these moments to help
teach us about returning animals to the wild, and why this rainforest is so important. >> reporter: well, sumatra is the frontlines of the global fight against deforestation. the forest is shrinking rapidly, mostly for palm oil plantations, paper plantations, it is a critical habitat for the endangered sumatra tiger, only a few 00 left, critical for he will fanlts, rhinos, orangutans, all of which are endangered. the idea to go there, tell from the perspective of frontlines, but also in a way viewers can be a part of that experience. it is a wonderful journey. eight weeks serialized, and combines with a campaign online and social media to help the public have an opportunity to do something. we have through some nonprofits, world wildlife fund, we have a campaign to sign a petition to have the government protect this
region of sumatra and make a positive difference. >> wow, it is fantastic. what an investment. phillippe cousteau, thanks so much. we look forward to watching that series. there are many ways you can follow it. catch the expedition sumatra on cnn 1, premiering friday at 11:00 a.m., or follow the team's journey on cnn.com/environment. lots of ways to follow the journey. thanks so much, phillippe. still to come, it is hard to find. two nfl quarterbacks, more well known than peyton and eli manning. and this weekend, the super bowl winning brothers battle the third time. what does younger manning think of hits brother? brother versus brother. we will hear from eli next.
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playing football with your big brother peyton in the front yard. look up 20 years later, you're playing against him in the nfl, biggest stage of all. what's the most special? >> i am proud of peyton, he is proud of me, worked hard to play in the nfl. we support each other, want each other to play well each year. i think you're seeing him before the game, shaking his hand, talking those few minutes are special moments, that's what you'll remember down the road. >> i am eli manning, proud ambassador to little brothers program. >> you did this great "saturday night live" sketch, you were part of a gang for little brothers of the world getting revenge. >> treat your younger brother with some respect, peyton. >> my name is not peyton! >> i know it is a joke. is there a little revenge you can get out for the beatings and teasings you got as a kid? >> i am not playing defense, i won't get a free shot at him in any way. so you know, peyton has been a
great big brother, he has been very supportive, helped me in many ways. >> what's the strategy your mom and dad are going to use to get through the game? >> i think it is an easy strategy, maybe a missed extra point loses the game, some sort of a moral victory if that exists. >> i will say you and peyton are going to meet on the field on sunday, but you've already met on a very grand stage already this season, performing a rap video. ♪ let me ask you a question ♪ what do you get when a football gets down with your phone ♪ >> who came out on top on that one? >> i think we both lost on that one. and hopefully years from now our pl play, playing football, will be more viewed than that rap video. >> i love it. that's hilarious. very fun stuff. shifting gears from sports to fashion. fashion week winding down. straight ahead, nischelle turner
new york is flooded with people from the fashion world this week. they're all in town for the tenth annual style awards. and entertainment correspondent nischelle turner has more. >> reporter: you know, the style awards kick off fashion week each year by bringing together some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment. they honor the top designers as well as celebrity trendsetters. now, nicole richie hosted this year's show, and it's fitting. she has her own collection and she's also a mentor on nbc's "fashion star." nicole told me when it comes to her personal style, she really never stops exploring. we've seen your style evolve right in front of our eyes because you've been on
television, and you've really kind of settled in. do you feel like now i really kind of know who i am as far as fashion goes? >> i mean, i feel like i'm still always playing with different looks, and i just think that that's part of being a girl. and i don't know that i'm ever going to stop. i can't imagine that i'm going to say, oh, this is how i want to be for the next 30 years. that's not even fun, you know? you know, like i said, it's fun to just change it up every once in a while and be open to new things. you never know. your eye can change. your tastes can change. >> reporter: for the red carpet, nicole wore antonio berardi, cropped top paired with beaded pants which i loved. she made five wardrobe changes during the show which was intense. i was backstage and talked with kate upton, rachel zo. all of these were top honorees. catch my show at 7:00 p.m. eastern/4:00 p.m. pacific. that's the time right here on
cnn. don't miss it. >> all right, nischelle, we will not miss it. the pressure's on. who will you be wearing? all right. in the 12 years since 9/11, more than 2 million service members have deployed to iraq and afghanistan. and hollywood director j.j. abrams is on a mission to help those veterans find purpose once back home. it's today's "impact your world." >> hi, i'm j.j. abrams, and we can make an impact helping veterans acclimate back into society. it is incredibly important that we are welcoming them when they are done with their service. looking to them not as charity cases. this is about people who can teach us. the mission continues is a nonprofit that helps veterans returning from service find their purpose. whether you're a vet or not, i think it's one of the dreams in life is to find the thing that you know you can do and that you love. and what you learn when you're
in the service, there is organizational skills. there's skills of leadership. they come back to communities in desperate need of a voice. communities need it. the vets need it. it's important that we take advantage of that and find them the training and the jobs and the opportunity to continue to serve even though they're not in the service. join the movement. impact your world. cnn.com/impact.
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