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creating new ways of attacking tough problems. and that's why we put them on "the next list." i'm dr. sanjay gupta. thanks for watching. hope to see you back here next week. hello, everyone, i'm fredericka whitfield. the next hour of the "cnn newsroom" begins right now. here are our top stories. after the fire. new jersey governor chris christie visits the jersey shore. he surveys the damage from the boardwalk inferno. businesses say they will pick up the pieces and rebuild. and roads washed away. towns cut off. rescue crews scramble to reach people stranded by flooding in colorado. and officials warn the danger is not over. >> we're asking people to avoid driving in boulder, avoid being out in areas where waters are rising. and an ambitious plan. the u.s. and russia reach a deal on syria's chemical weapons. president obama calls it an
important step, but he says the u.s. is prepared to act if syria doesn't keep its promises. this afternoon, new jersey governor chris christie is at seaside heights. he is meeting with business owners who lost their shops in that massive fire along the iconic boardwalk. let's listen in to what christie had to say just a short time ago. >> keep it up. >> don't forget us. >> we have not had our cabinet members specifically the dca working since the fire started thursday night to look at ways that we can help. so we'll have some announcements later. we've already come up with some plans and ideas to be able to help them i think in a really significant way at the state level and try to get some help from the federal level as well. but we'll have more later on. i want to meet from them first with us. i'm very proud of what the cabinet's done already.
they've worked really hard, been talking to our federal partners, and i think we'll have ways to help move this along relatively quickly. get demolition going and for those who want to rebuild, no get them some assistance to help them rebuild. >> governor, you're hearing a lot of words to the people on the boardwalk, and they're saying things to you we couldn't always hear. what were they saying? >> most people were just saying thank you for being here. i said i wouldn't be any place else. obviously i intended to be someplace else, but that's what this job is all about. when crises happen, you have to be here to lend encouragement and deliver hope. so most of the people were just saying thank you for being here. and what i was saying to them was, a few of them told me i look tired. and i just said to them, we don't have time to be tired now. we've got to get back to work. some people were telling me how sad they thought it was. i said the time for sadness is over now. we had two days to feel sad about this. it's legitimately a sad thing, but we've got work to do now. and a couple days to mourn, and now we've got to move on and get
to work. >> i heard you tell a couple of them were stronger than the storm. stronger than this as well. do you think you convinced them that we're on the job? the state is on the job? help is on the way? >> well, i hope i kwipgsed them. that's part of my reason for being here, but ultimately they'll be convinced by what we do. that's always been the test of my administration. we talk about certain things, but then you've got to deliver, and i think we've done a good job of delivering. i think that's why you see so many people being as grateful as they are. so now this is the next challenge for us to confront. the bad thing in the last few years as i mentioned the other night is all the different natural disaster crises we've had in the last four years. the only good thing about it is that it's really trained me and the administration to be ready and know how to respond to these things. it's not our first time at this rodeo, unfortunately. >> and these business owners, is this the first time you've talked to them? >> i spoke to a couple of them at the scene thursday night who were watching their places burn down. i had some conversation with them. but this will be the first time
i'm meeting with them as a group. and the cabinet is already positioned. we have insurance to deal with the insurance issues. we have eda with the old business grants and loans. we have dca to deal with permitting and zoning and demolition. i think we have labor here as well to help with any kind of employment questions. we've got everybody here i think that we need. they all have support staff with them. we'll have a meeting, take questions from them and then get to work. monday we will get to work on trying to make sure that we make money available to them and other resources to help them. >> i know it's really early, but this is another significant wound to a place that hasn't really recovered from the last wound. how do you envision the boardwalk in the future? >> you know, listen. fortunately if you look at this -- and this is not in any way to minimize the loss to people -- but this could have been significantly worse. we could have lost all this. i mean, i was here. i was watching what happened. and we were, you know, probably 30, 40 minutes away cutting the trench didn't work. of losing the whole boardwalk.
and so, you know, my view is, we've got some pieces of the boardwalk to repair. some businesses on the boardwalk to rebuild. but, you know, in the context of what we've been through already, much smaller. much more containable. and i think much more attainable for us in a relatively shorter period of time. >> governor chris christie there talking to reporters and business owners. later on we're going to be actually be talking to a business owner on that boardwalk who had a chance to talk to governor christie earlier today to find out what his hopes are for rebuilding after that inferno. turning now to colorado and to unprecedented rescue attempts to reach hundreds of people stranded in record high floodwaters. the hardest-hit area is around boulder. they got a year's worth of rain in just a matter of days. the storms are blamed for at least four deaths and 172 people still unaccounted for ten miles away in longmont, the challenge has been getting through floodwaters.
just watch as people try to get through. it looks like they are being pounded by the waves there right up to the windshield. >> why don't you slow down. >> let's go ten miles to the northeast of that town to a place called lyons. more than 800 people including children have been rescued, many by air by the national guard. while flood levels have dropped today, the threat is far from over. >> the intense operation in the air and on the ground will continue today at a level i've never seen to get people inserted and into those areas that are otherwise impassable or unreachable. >> 7,000 people have been ordered out of longmont, colorado, alone. and cnn's george howell is there. george, what more can you tell us about the evacuations? any kind of rescue attempts?
>> reporter: well, fredericka, you know, we know that those evacuation efforts continue. we've had sunlight for really the last day and a good part of today, but things are changing. i don't know if you can kind of see the sky. it's a bit gray. we're starting to feel raindrops. things are changing. more rain is expected in the forecast. so that could be problematic when it comes to getting into those communities. i want to give you sort of a show-and-tell of what we're looking at here in this particular location. just right down here, you can see where water eroded, just washed away, you know, the mud where these foundations were buried. it's gone. and that's the power of this, you know, the water. so much water came down in such a short amount of time, that's the problem, dealing with all of that right now. look right over there. that used to be a bike path. and it says "low clearance of about eight feet." that's got to be, like, six feet right there. a lot of water still coming through many different communities. i want to show you over here,
too. look over here because when you see how this land has been cut off by what used to be a stream, now merging into the river. that's a problem. you know, you can't get into many of these different places like jamestown. it's hard to get into lyons. so you know, you see officials using helicopters to get in. they're dropping, you know, food, water. they're trying to get people out as best they can. but if you get a sense of how strong this water is flowing through many of these different rivers, it's coming down fast. this is the river. one local told me that it's ten times as high as it should be, fredericka. so, look. it's a problem out here. it continues to be a problem, you know, until these waters recede. and with more rain in the forecast, it's not looking so good right now. >> oh, boy. all right, george howell, thanks so much for that update. so to find out how you can help the victims of this week's floods, visit our "impact your world" page at cnn.com/impact.
the u.s. and russia agree on a plan to rid syria of its chemical weapons. and president obama says it's a significant step. in a statement a short time ago the president said, quoted, i welcome the progress made between the united states and russia through our talks in geneva which represent an important concrete step toward the goal of moving syria's chemical weapons under international control. while we have made important progress, much more work remains to be done. if diplomacy fails, the united states remains prepared to act, end quote. that from the president. matthew chance joining us live now from geneva. so matthew, this plan calls for quick action by syria, at least within a week. give us kind of a walk-through of this timetable. >> reporter: yeah, an extremely ambitious timetable that's been imposed on syria as a result of this meeting here in geneva between the russians and the americans. they've got a week to present the international community with
a list of their chemical weapons sites, their production facilities, their stockpiles. that in itself is a job, a huge job. i mean, it's got some of the biggest chemical stockpiles in the world. it has to present a comprehensive list to the u.n. inspectors. then by november, those u.n. inspectors need to be on the ground verifying that list. that's something that normally takes a long time. you can imagine in a situation like syria, it's going to be enormously problematic given there's a raging civil war taking place there. but also by the same month, by november, according to this agreement, production facilities, equipment used to mix and fill chemical weapons, they have to be destroyed with a view of eliminating, moving out of syria, or destroying chemical weapons entirely by the middle of next year, by the middle of 2014. so again, a very ambitious timetable that will rid, if it's put into practice, syria of its chemical weapons by the middle of next year. >> and so matthew, what is the next step?
>> reporter: well, the next step, i think, is to see this be implemented. i mean, that's clearly what has to happen. now, in the first instance, john kerry, u.s. secretary of state, is doing the rounds visiting his allies. he's going to israel tomorrow. on monday he'll be visiting paris and meeting with the french foreign minister. the british foreign minister will be meeting him as well. as well as a representative of saudi arabia where he'll be briefing them on the outcome of this agreement and outcome of these meetings in geneva. they're then going to go to the security council basically putting this into legal force. then the onus will very much be on the syrians to comply with what they've said they're going to do. if they don't comply, it could be serious consequences. now, for the moment the united states has taken direct military action off the table, though it says it retains the right to unilaterally strike against syria if diplomacy fails in the words of president obama. but if there is noncompliance,
the agreement at the moment is that they'll go back to the security council, look at military action potentially, look at sanctions potentially. that would have to be discussed depending on the nature of the noncompliance. but at the moment, the onus is very much on syria to start acting. >> matthew chance, thank youvag. the leader of al qaeda urges his followers to keep attacking americans in order to damage the u.s. economy. ayman al zawahiri stressed the importance of small-scale attacks like the boston marathon bombing. he says they force the u.s. to spend more money on security and the military. zawahiri released the audio message to mark the anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks. a greyhound bus flipped over in ohio overnight. it happened about 4:00 a.m. about 30 miles north of cincinnati. about 52 people were on board, and at least 34 of them were rushed to the hospital with injuries. the bus was on its way to detroit from cincinnati.
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>> i want them to do the right thing. i want justice for cody. >> reporter: but the judge released graham, ordering her to electronic monitoring at her parents' home before her second-degree murder case goes to trial, saying she has no criminal history whatsoever and never exhibited tendencies for violence or even anger except for the charge that she pushed her husband of just eight days off this cliff, face first in glacier national park, killing him. >> he didn't deserve whatever end she gave him. he never earned anything that jordan did to him. and i disagree with all of my heart at what the justice system is saying is fair. >> reporter: it was just a short time ago that the couple appeared happy and in love in her first dance at their wedding. while the groom's friends describe the bride as having cold feet, elizabeth shea remembers her as a normal bride excited about her life with johnson. shea is a custom songwriter.
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sorry for your loss and your fellow business owners there on the boardwalk. what was your conversation like with the governor today? >> thank you. and it was very upbeat and uplifting. when we sat down with him on that closed meeting, he had a wealth of information for us for help that's going to be available, grants, loans. he wants this place to return. and i believe he's going to give us what we need to make it happen. >> what do you think you're going to do? are you going to try and rebuild? >> yes. i've been here on this boardwalk since i was 13 years old. it's in my blood. when you work on the boardwalk and you're part of it, it's a magical place. and i want back. >> your heart must have sunk when you learned that this boardwalk was on fire, especially at a time when everyone was really enjoying the comeback of this boardwalk after superstorm sandy.
where were you? how did you learn the news that this fire was under way and that it was going to take everything you owned on that boardwalk? >> we actually watched it happen. we were in the building this morning -- the morning of the fire. we had left briefly, came back to see the smoke start down in seaside park. as it slowly and quickly consumed our building and everything in between. >> and was there a sense -- >> it was awful. >> clearly very awful. i wonder, you know, that sense of kind of helplessness as you're watching this happen and there's very little, if anything, that anyone could do. >> yeah, it was -- we felt paralyzed. we wanted to do something to help. we wanted to stop it, but there was nothing that we could do to make that happen. it was just watching a slow-motion disaster. it was just not something that i want to relive. >> and, of course, the investigation is still under way as to what happened here, how
this and what may have sparked this blaze. in the meantime, what does a business owner such as yourself do in the amount of time it's going to take to get to the bottom of the investigation and also be able to even get started, getting started to rebuild won't happen tomorrow, but that, too, could take months. >> yeah. well, actually, the time line that we were given is the criminal investigation on an arson or a fire cause takes typically about a week. they're talking thursday, friday, maybe next monday at the latest for the investigation to wrap up and then for the recovery to begin. >> all right. eric feronda, all the best to you and your fellow business owners and colleagues there on the boardwalk. >> thank you. and he is known as washington's maverick. you know exactly who i'm talking about, right? now senator john mccain wants his chance to take on russian president vladimir putin.
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catastrophic flooding in colorado leaves at least four people dead and 172 people missing. right now emergency crews are trying to reach hundreds of people stranded by raging waters near boulder. the situation is precarious. floodwaters have washed out roads and taken out homes. and even more rain is forecast throughout the weekend. the texas giant roller coaster ride is reopening this weekend at six flags over texas. it was shut down for nearly two months after a woman fell out of the coaster and then plunged to her death in july. rosa esparza's family filed a million-dollar wrongful death lawsuit last week. they are accusing six flags of
negligence. park officials say an investigation proves otherwise. in california, the state could soon have an earthquake warning system. our affiliate kabc reports the bill has passed the state legislature and is waiting for the governor's signature. the alerts would give up to 60 seconds' warning before an earthquake. the warnings would appear on television, radio and smartphone apps. there is still the problem of paying for it, however. the cost, $80 million. u.s. senator john mccain has never been shy about voicing his opinion on vladimir putin, and now it appears the longtime critic of the russian president is going one step further. according to foreign policy's blog, the cable, mccain will respond to mr. putin's controversial op-ed in "the new york times" by writing an opinion piece of his own. in the russian newspaper "pravda." for more, we're joined by cnn
political analyst john avlon in new york. good to see you. >> good to see you, fred. >> first off, not that you're a spokesperson for john mccain, but why? >> yeah, far from a spokesperson for john mccain,ut i'll tell you, john mccain has famously been a critic of president putin back when george w. bush said that he looked in putin's eyes and could see his soul, mccain said he looked in his eyes and could see three letters, k-g-b. and mccain like many folks was angry when he saw putin getting an op-ed piece in "the new york times." he said fine, give me equal time in "pravda." it seems like foreign policy comes together on that, and mccain might have his chance to push back at putin. >> oh, my goodness. a lot of people angry, not so happy about what putin wrote, but especially right now at a critical juncture in diplomacy. might john mccain's sentiment be disruptive? could it interfere in all that's taking place so far? >> well, to be clear, john mccain hasn't written the piece yet, so he's got a chance to
recalibrate. fred, just over the last few hours, the agreement that seems to have been reached between the united states and russia on syria is a game changer. it fundamentally changes the calculus and really the whole tone of conversations to date. there's every reason to be skeptical about russia's role as a mideast actor especially with syria being their partner state. putin said in "the times" he believes chemical weapons were used by the rebels. that whole approach now appears to be gone with the signing of this agreement. there's a focus on the assad regime for using those chemical weapons, a time line for them to turn them over and dismantle them. and russia backing the possibility of military strikes. so it's a totally changed situation. so presumably john mccain, as hot-headed as he can be, has got to take that into account. >> but can you imagine the white house or perhaps even the state department saying, all right, maverick, don't do it? >> what, is this "top gun"? >> kinda. >> kinda.
i think john mccain is notable for shooting from the hip, but he is an internationalist, and i don't think he'll try to blow up an accord just for the hell of it. but that's part of john mccain's charm. he calls it when he sees it. taking putin to task, well, that's something that we could all to see a lot more of going forward. >> we're going to see how it all unfolds if the plan really is carried out. john avlon, thanks so much. good to see you. >> thanks, fred. you, too. >> all right. ads on the internet. you're probably not a fan. well, next we'll show you something new that just might get rid of them! but first, anthony bourdain is back. in tomorrow night's premiere, he heads to jerusalem. i talked to him about the city's rich history and what he learned from those who live there. >> i don't know what kind of expectations i had, really. i tried to go with an open mind. i went very wary. there's no more complex or
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called ad trap that connects between your modem and ruetoutu and blocks every kind of ad on a website. it's pretty easy to set up. now let's give it a try. >> oh, hi. welcome to my kitchen. check out the video on the top without the adtrap. you get an ad. on the bottom with the device connected, straight to the video. and the company says it works on any device. >> there's no software to configure or settings. that was really one of the goals of the project is to make it easy for people. >> reporter: he wanted to raise $150,000. he wound up with well over $200,000. adtrap costs $139. based on early orders, demand seems incredibly high. >> i think the success of the product is really showing you how the general public feels right now about the state of advertising. >> reporter: as for potential lawsuits from advertisers, russell is anticipating them, and that's why he's already retained a prominent silicon valley law firm.
dan simon, cnn, palo alto, california. and next in the "cnn newsroom," firefighters call it a miracle. hear from the man in this dramatic rescue from the colorado floodwaters. and for most of her life, annette miller has been burdened by her weight. until now. she just completed the malibu triathlon as a member of cnn's "fit nation" team. dr. sanjay gupta has her story in today's "human factor." >> reporter: growing up in tennessee, annette miller always dreamed of playing basketball. so as soon as she was old enough, she decided to sign up for the team. >> i got a permission slip from our coach at school. and i came running home that day. i was so excited, i was going to get to play basketball. and instead of getting a signature from my parents, i was told, you're too fat to play. >> reporter: at 10 years old, and more than 200 pounds, she says, that mantra instantly changed her life. >> you're too fat followed me into adulthood.
and i didn't realize how much that held me back. >> reporter: but years later, when her twin sister, bobbette, needed a kidney transplant -- >> i was not even tested or considered to be a donor because of my weight. that was a kick in the pants. >> reporter: so she changed her diet. she started walking. she hit the gym. she was determined to get the weight off. by november of 2012, she was well on her way. >> i'm proud to say that at this point i've lost over 100 pounds. >> reporter: and she wasn't finished. >> there's a little 10-year-old kid in here that still wants to play, wants to be part of something, be a part of a team. >> reporter: miller applied for the "fit nation" challenge and was accepted in january. congratulations. >> oh, my! >> reporter: for eight months, she trained, swimming, biking, running. to compete in the nautica malibu triathlon. >> yeah! >> reporter: and she got below 200 pounds for the first time in decades.
>> and then it stopped. 198. i've never had a breakdown on a scale, but i started crying. >> reporter: and on sunday, september 8th, miller got her chance to play. crossing the finish line in malibu squarely in the middle of the pack. >> amazing. i made the turnaround on the bike. i knew i had it. if i can do it, you can do it. >> reporter: next up for miller, surgery to remove the excess skin left over from her years of being overweight to complete her transformation. >> i did it! >> reporter: chest pass. nice! as far as that basketball game, that dream came true as well. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. >> zigzag. zigzag. ♪ turn around
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it was a heart-stopping rescue that captured america's attention and then played out on live television from coast to coast. roy ortiz was on his way to work thursday morning when the road beneath him collapsed from the floodwaters in boulder county, colorado, and then sent roy's car right into the raging river.
well, emergency crews raced in, and as you can see from this video, they did save roy. but he says he waited for two hours to be rescued and thought about his family. >> so i had to wait. i had to pray. i had to -- because i wanted to survive. >> wow! and firefighters who rescued ortiz met him at the hospital this week, and they called him a real miracle. it was the miracle rescue, in their words. all right, time for this week's "cnn hero." today access to healthy food for some of our neighbors, good friend is not easy to get. so when this week's "cnn hero" discovered a problem in her community, she planted a solution. meet robin evans. >> reporter: there's magic in gardening that you can drop a seed into the earth, and from that, there's an amazing fruit that is delicious and so good
for your body. that's a miracle to me. here in charlotte, 73,000 people live in low-income neighborhoods or don't have access to fresh food. you can call this the miracle mile. pretty desolate in the way of healthy food options. there are barely any supermarkets. once they get there by bus or a neighbor's car or on foot, they are paying a very high price for the food. i'm robin emmens, and i believe everyone should have access to fresh food. so i grow it and bring it to communities in need. we want our market to be abundant tomorrow, so let's hit it. we have about 200 volunteers that come out and help us harvest the food. these are heirloom tomatoes. we're bringing the food to the community and cutting the costs in half compared to what they would pay at a grocery store. >> six months ago i was diagnosed with diabetes. let's see if we can find something a little better. i'm unemployed right now, so
sometimes you have to buy the cheaper things. these are beautiful. i couldn't believe all the fresh vegetables and the price was phenomenal. it's making me and my family healthier. >> i started growing food in my backyard. today i grow on nine acres of land. since 2008, we have grown 26,000 pounds of food. >> thank you. have a good day. bye-bye. i feel and if you want to learn more about robin and the amazing work that she is doing, head to cnn.com/heroes. and we'll be right back. ♪
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and this just in to cnn, senator john mccain is responding to the deal on syria reached in geneva earlier today. in a joint statement released along with senator lindsey graham he said he's concerned about the message the agreement is sending to other countries, he mentions iran in particular and says both friends and enemies alike could see the proposal as, quote, an act of provocation -- provocative, rather, weakness on america's part, end quote. mccain said without the threat of force the deal to rid syria of chemical weapons is meaningless. the future of the world's forests has become a growing concern for many environmentalists. now a new program seeks to monitor deforestation across the
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many people don't vaccinate. symptoms include fever, coughing and a full body rash. do you ever wonder about the science behind something? well, today, we look at a global initiative that uses the latest technology to keep a close eye on the world's rapidly shrinking forests. >> reporter: ever wonder what the effects of logging are on the environment or how devastating a forest fire can be? governments and environmental groups want to know, so they can do something about it. well, a new organization called global forest watch 2.0 can help. by creating a near real time interactive monitoring system. the project which will be available to the public this fall has been developed by the world resources institute with partners including google, the u.n. environmental program, and
the university of maryland. >> right now there's a revolution going on in many realms of technology to transform and revolutionize the way people are able to see what is happening to forests and potentially other resources around the world in real-time. >> reporter: to virtually bring to life a living, breathing model of the world's forests, scientists crunch through environmental data collected from dozens of satellites. google then stores the images on thousands of computers and hosts an image catalog with more than a million megabytes of data coming in every day. >> the heart of global forest watch is it's looking for change in satellite imagery. the scientific software's automatically detecting the change in the forest imagery and flagging that. >> so only about 15%, one five, 15% of the world's original forest is still intact, so 85% has either been cleared
completely or seriously degraded and impacted by fires and logging and other activities. >> reporter: the united nations estimates that over 30 million acres of forest mostly in the tropics are being lost every year due to human activity. that's about 22 million football fields. >> it's sad to see, oh, my god, this is all we have left. but on the other hand, if we can protect what's left, the planet does have amazing regenerative powers and we can turn this around. all right, that will do it for me. thanks so much nor watching this afternoon. i'm fredricka whitfield. much more of the newsroom straight ahead with my colleague don lemon in new york. don? you still have sunny skies there. impressive, i like your window to the world. >> are you hating on my sunny skies? >> no. i'm loving it! >> are you really? >> yes. i am because we have sunny skies, too. i don't have a window to show you but that's another story.
>> come on, mr. director, give me a high shot of atlanta. let me see centennial olympic park or something. looking for it. they don't have it. >> ticktock. ticktock. >> it doesn't exist, fred. >> there you go. isn't it beautiful? very busy outside, folks at the park, you know, having a good time just as they are doing on a lovely saturday in new york city. >> guess what, you can get out and enjoy now. >> okay. >> you've done a great job and now it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, fredricka. we'll keep an eye on syria and russia and the u.s. reached an agreement to eliminate syria's chemical weapons. first this, i've got two words for the people of northern colorado, two words, that they do not want to hear, more rain. it is coming. i'm talking about the boulder area, laramie county, greeley
and the city of denver, people who are really relieved today to see the water back off a bit will probably see rivers and creeks burst out of their banks again. sorry about that. roads are out. bridges are out. and the national guard evacuating the entire population of some towns. just look at that. hook at what this water is doing. at least four people are confirmed dead. more than 170 others are unaccounted for. the boulder county sheriff trying to remain positive. >> the list we're assuming that there may be further loss of life or injuries. we have to assume that. i hope and pray that's not the case, but given the devastation in some of those closed canyons, it's certainly a high probability. >> i guess inundated is a good word. probably used a lot in this situation. want to get right in the middle of it now is george howell, he's in longmont, colorado.
george, how are things where you are? is the water level heading up or is it heading down? >> reporter: don, all headed downstream. and one additional piece of information that we've learned here within the last hour, we know that four are dead, confirmed dead, but we also heard from the larimer county sheriff's office that a 60-year-old woman who was presumed missing is now presumed dead. this is within the last hour that we've learned that. so, we're still getting new information, and as you mentioned, the possibility of more rain not good news out here. want to talk about what we've seen from the air. we sent photojournalist ken tillis up in the sky to take a look at the damage, this is between estes creek and the loveland area, and from these aerials, don, you can really see how bad many of these different places have been hit. you see the flatlands are flooded, many farmlands are flooded. and you go to the mountains and you go near the jamestown area, you can see that the roads are no longer there.
that's the problem getting into these communities where the roads have just been washed away. i want to come back here. if you look at where we're standing here right now, you can see when the waters come through, this particular road, 119th street where we are, a good part of it has caved in. it's gone and, you know, there are engineers here to, you know, examine, you know, whether this road is even safe. what it will take to replace, you know, this section of road. but we know that more water's coming through. and with more rain in the forecast, it's just not good news as people try to recover from this, don. >> so, are people still stranded still now, george, in their homes? >> reporter: there are people. especially there in jamestown, don. that's where we know hundreds of people are still waiting because they just can't get out. and the best that officials can do, they can get there through helicopters to drop off water, to drop off food to help people, you know, deal with the situation until these waters recede. again, that's the challenge, you
know, we don't know exactly how much rain we'll get, you know, the last two days have been impressive. you get so much rain in such a short amount of time, if we see more of that, don, it's just not good news. >> well, unfortunately i think that many areas are going to see some more rain, it's not over yet, according to the forecast, more rain is coming and the area already saturated. listen, are people there as prepared as you can get, are bracing for more, i guess, in any way that they can, do they realize that more is coming? >> reporter: well, you know, here's the thing. we're not in florida, so this is definitely new for people here. this doesn't happen here. but you do see colorado folks know what to do, you see neighbors coming together to help neighbors, to help them clean up their yards, to get the trees, the rocks, the tree branches out of the way. you see that happening in neighborhood after neighborhood here so, you know, people are, you know, doing their best to deal with it. they fight the good fight.
but, again, with more rain coming, we'll just have to wait and see what it does to the situation that has already happened here. >> george howell, thank you. this is just really unbelievable to see. i haven't seen pictures like this i really can't recall in quite a long time, if ever. george, thank you. if you are at home and you are watching all of these amazing pictures, devastating flooding going on, you can help. help the victims of colorado. visit our impact your world page at cnn.com/impact. let's talk about more high water now. also making life miserable across much of new mexico today. you're looking at albuquerque, new mexico, today but parts of the state got six months' worth of rain in three days. six months' worth in three days. emergency officials are hoping the worst is over and they're getting down to the hard work of recovery right now.
let's talk about putin. what did you think of his op-ed? what did you think of him saying that the syrian rebels are the ones who did the chemical weapons attack and saying that there is no such thing as american exceptionalism? >> i'd have to have a chance to have a commentary in pravda. >> not going to happen. >> as you can guess from the music and the interview with john mccain we're going to talk right now about syria. guess what, it looks like it's going to happen, pravda said it will welcome a op-ed by senator john mccain and he said he'll submit a piece. pravda is the newspaper of the communist party, it would give john mccain a chance to respond to vladimir putin's own article in the "new york times" that caused so much discovcontroverse he slammed the u.s. foreign policy. and so while the politicians are fighting, they continue to fight, the diplomats appear to
have found common ground on syria. the secretary of state, john kerry, and russian's foreign minister have agreed and they've reached an agreement to help syria hand over its chemical weapons, to avoid a u.s. strike, but won't do much to end the civil war. want to go to our senior international correspondent matthew chance, he's covering the talks in geneva, switzerland, what have they decided on now? >> reporter: well, the russians and the americans don't often see eye to eye on the issue of syria's chemical weapons, they do now appear to be speaking with one voice. it was just less than a week ago that president obama was lobbying congress about the possibility of military strikes against syria. now the emphasis is very much on diplomacy. it was this appalling chemical attack on the outskirts of damascus last month, killing over 1,000 people that has
finally brought moscow and washington together. after three days of intensive negotiations in geneva, there is now full agreement it seems on how to rid syria of its chemical weapons. >> 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. >> reporter: it is an incredibly ambitious timetable. syria must hand over a list of its chemical sites and stockpiles within a week. u.n. inspections will be completed by november. by the same month chemical production and filling facilities should be destroyed. with a view to a complete elimination of chemical weapons in syria by the middle of next year. one of the key sticking points here in geneva has been the threat of u.s. strikes on syria if it fails to do what it's
told. washington says it still retains the right to take unilateral military action. but under the agreement with russia, noncompliance would have to be referred to the u.n. security council. where any punish the would have to be agreed. russia is casting this as a diplomatic coup averting a strike against its ally in damascus and possibly opening the way for a broad political settlement to the conflict. >> translator: and the successful realization of this agreement will have meaning not only from the point of view of the common goal of liquidating and destructing all arsenals of chemical weapons but to avoid the military scenario that would be catastrophic for this region and for the international relations as a whole. >> reporter: but in syria, an already catastrophic war continues to rage. making the complex work of ridding this country of its chemical arms even with an international agreement even more difficult.
secretary of state kerry has gone on to start the process of consulting u.s. allies. he's going to israel tomorrow to meet with benjamin netanyahu, and then he'll be going to paris and the french capital and meet with the french and british counterparts both key allies on the u.n. security council, don. >> matthew chance covering the story for us, thank you. it tooks months to rebuild after superstorm sandy, months. they're still recovering. and only one night to destroy the new jersey boardwalk again. we'll go live to seaside heights next. and this weekend marks 50 years since the bombing of a black church in birmingham, and bill cosby said some would rather forget about those tragedies. >> they weren't there. didn't do it. yes, i'm white, please, do we have to talk about -- it's painful but we have to really get to this. >> bill cosby talks about that
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town's 100th anniversary this weekend. yes, despite this week's massive boardwalk blaze, the events are still on. the celebration especially in neighboring seaside park tempered with the realization it's time to rebuild again. margaret conley is in new jersey for us and she has the very latest. i was just there yesterday. oh, my gosh, the scene behind you is unbelievable. what is going on there today? >> reporter: well, residents and governor christie, they vow to rebuild, don. governor christie was down here today. he was meeting with local authorities and business owners and here's more about what he had to say -- >> you know, the bad thing in the last few years as i mentioned the other night is all the different natural disaster crises we've had in the last four years. the only good thing about it is it's really trained me and the administration to be ready and know how to respond to these things. it's not our first time at this rodeo unfortunately. >> reporter: now, the part of the boardwalk is burned in its
entirety behind me, but in front of me there's part of the boardwalk that's open and chris christie also tweeted out today, great to see so many families enjoying their saturday afternoon here. >> yeah. absolutely. i agree. i want to ask you where you're standing. i'm trying to figure it out exactly where you're standing and you mentioned what's in front of you. tell us about where you're standing and the governor said yesterday, margaret, that there would be once, you know, some of the structures and the walls collapsed again or they started picking things up that hot spots would ignite, right? would reignite. is that true? is that happening today? >> reporter: that's right. yeah, i don't know if you can see behind me, but there's actually some smoldering that's still going on. the flames have actually continued. remember, this fire was raging for nine hours. we spoke with representatives prom the prosecutor's office and they say that the smoldering could continue for days. now, investigators, they've also been going through all of that rubble that you're seeing and it could be days before they figure out what the cause is.
>> margaret conley reporting from seaside heights, great report. thank you. we'll check back in with you, margaret. appreciate that. in the meantime in ohio a greyhound bus, 52 people flipped over on its roof on interstate 77 this morning. the bus was heading to detroit from cincinnati when it overturned to hamilton, ohio. all, though, are expected to survive. so far it's unclear what caused that crash. we'll continue to check on that one for you. 50 years ago, a bomb tore through a birmingham church killing four young girls. bill cosby, the legendary commo comedian talks with me about this time. he says we need to remember tragedies like this despite some who may want it to all go away. that's next. but, first, this -- >> this week on "the next list" putting ideas to work. jim newton is a lifelong do it yourselfer who is passionate about making. >> humans were made to make
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tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the 16th street baptist church bombing in birmingham, alabama. four little girls were killed and 22 people injured by the bomb set off by the ku klux klan. today bill cosby was a part of a remembrance in birmingham, and earlier he spoke with me about why it's so important to never forget events like that terrible bombing back in 1963. i think that, you know, we've had the march a washington anniversary recently and so a lot it's focused on washington and i think a lot of time birmingham gets overlooked and especially the anniversary of
the four little girls. you made it your mission to go down to birmingham to do this event this weekend on this anniversary of the four little girls, the 50th anniversary in birmingham, alabama. not for your health but to empower i would imagine young people, correct? >> and old and white and native american and everyone. what america has to understand is that just -- some people get embarrassed by what happened. same way if i talk about something empowerment and they can do it themselves, you know, there are people who don't want to see these things talked about again. they weren't there. i didn't do it. yes, i'm white, but, please, it's not -- do we have to
talk -- it's painful, but we have to really get to this so that if you do it the correct way, which is show your children what happened, tell your children, this is not our fault, but this is what happened then. hook at the look at these faces. there's a sickness in these faces. there's a sickness in someone who decides that he is going to go into a place of god, and it wasn't the african who brought christianity to this country. this white man and his white friends on a trip, whatever the timing was off, the bomb went off. people were killed, but there were also 43 people who had to go to the hospital, glass. let's just think about those things. let's think about the fear of
what happened. when you hear people talk today about terrorists, they will mention that there's a bomb that goes off and it just sends nails and glass and all kinds of things into an area, and it is -- to put fear in the place where people may have had some kind of bravery. i don't want to be there anymore. to this day we still have a young lady whose mind cannot chase away that explosion and what it did. and those things we cannot have people walk around thinking, well, that happened then. >> that is just the beginning. a lot more of my conversation with one of america's all-time greatest entertainers and now
activists, bill cosby. next hour he talks about his first time on "the tonight show," thrust into the national spotlight. guess which year it was? it was 1963, as a matter of fact, just one month before the bombing of the church in birmingham. don't miss that. in colorado, news that people this did not want to hear, more rain on the way. next. [ male announcer ] pepcid® presents: the burns family bbq.
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tornado. lightning was going crazy. i mean, it was like a movie. >> this is unbelievable. i've never seen that much hail in one place. >> it was the most terrifying moment of my life. the car started taking on water. i was okay for a minute. but then it rose to about seat high and it started fulfilling the cup holders. >> she was waving at me and i realized all that water flows down to a lake. >> we didn't have a choice. it was time to get out of the car. >> you go to recognize that this water is filled with debris and sand and it is almost like liquid cement and it can even just a foot and a half of water can knock people over. and you can be swept away. >> wour >> boulder county is experiencing a disaster today that is broad in scope and very dangerous in nature. >> once the rescuers got on top of the car they shouted out to us that they hear banging. >> wow. >> so that gave us just great hope. >> we know that we've lost lives. we've lost roads. >> there are a w