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Colorado hit by deadly floods

Colorado hit by deadly floods
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Thousands of people in the US state of Colorado have been told to evacuate an area where flood waters have risen to dangerous levels.

At least three people have been killed and at least 20 are unaccounted for according to authorities.

Roads and bridges have been washed away and many homes have been flooded.

The Boulder area has been especially affected with over 37 centimetres of rain falling in two days.

Officials have said it is a “100-year-flood.”

Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, said: “It’s got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state’s history. This is not going to get fixed in a week. We have lost a great deal of infrastructure and it’s going to take many weeks to rebuild a lot of this.”

Across Boulder County, emergency services have been struggling to get to people in need and ensure their safety.

US President Barack Obama has signed an emergency order approving federal disaster aid for the area.