At least three people have been killed and thousands evacuated after the worst flash floods in decades hit Boulder County in Colorado.
National Guard troops with emergency supplies have been dispatched isolated areas, including the town of Lyons, which have been virtually cut off by the torrential rains.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle told reporters: “We’ve lost roads, we’ve lost bridges, we’ve lost homes, cars, and we are just now beginning to assess of the damage.”
Residents in the town of Niwot say this level of flooding is unprecedented. Dave Finn said: “We sort of roll our eyes when they say ‘you know you have to be prepared for the hundred year flood,’ but here we are.”
The heavy rains are forecast to continue.
The US government has approved a disaster assistance request from Colorado to provide additional funding help to tackle the crisis.
Crazy Flooding in Boulder, Colorado
CREDIT: YouTube/Brandon Randash (Sept 12, 2013)
CU Boulder Flood Tunnel Tubing!
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Insane Flooding in Longmont, Colorado
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Colorado Floods Force Thousands to Flee
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Flooding near Estes Park, Colorado
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CREDIT: Colorado Department of Transportation (Sept 12, 2013)